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Protozoa

[ proh-tuh-zoh-uh ]
/ ˌproʊ təˈzoʊ ə /
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noun
a major grouping or superphylum of the kingdom Protista, comprising the protozoans.

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Origin of Protozoa

From New Latin, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at proto-, -zoa
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Cultural definitions for Protozoa

protozoa
[ (proh-tuh-zoh-uh) ]

Single-celled animals, such as amoebas, that are the most primitive form of animal life. In modern biology, they are classified in the kingdom of Protoctista rather than in the animal kingdom. (See Linnean classification.)

notes for protozoa

Some protozoa are parasites and may be pathogenic, causing diseases such as malaria and dysentery.
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