tetrahymena

[ te-truh-hahy-muh-nuh ]
/ ˌtɛ trəˈhaɪ mə nə /

noun Biology.

any ciliated protozoan of the genus Tetrahymena, a relative of the paramecium: often used in genetics research.

Nearby words

  1. tetrahydrocannabinol,
  2. tetrahydrofuran,
  3. tetrahydrogestrinone,
  4. tetrahydroxy,
  5. tetrahydrozoline,
  6. tetralite,
  7. tetralogy,
  8. tetralogy of fallot,
  9. tetramer,
  10. tetramerous

Origin of tetrahymena

< New Latin (1940); see tetra-, hymen, -a2; so named from the four membranous ciliary organelles that characterized a cytostomal pattern exemplified by this genus

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