ciliate

[sil-ee-it, -eyt] Biology.
noun
1.
Also called ciliophoran [sil-ee-of-er-uhn] . any protozoan of the phylum Ciliophora (or in some classification schemes, class Ciliata), as those of the genera Paramecium, Tetrahymena, Stentor, and Vorticella, having cilia on part or all of the surface.
adjective
2.
Also, ciliated [sil-ee-ey-tid] . having cilia.
3.
belonging or pertaining to the phylum Ciliophora.

Origin:
1785–95; < Neo-Latin ciliātus, equivalent to cili(a) cilia + -ātus -ate1

ciliately, adverb
ciliation, noun
multiciliate, adjective
multiciliated, adjective
nonciliate, adjective
nonciliated, adjective
unciliated, adjective
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ciliate (ˈsɪlɪɪt, -eɪt)
 
adj
1.  Also: ciliated possessing or relating to cilia: a ciliate epithelium
2.  of or relating to protozoans of the phylum Ciliophora, which have an outer layer of cilia
 
n
3.  a protozoan of the phylum Ciliophora
 
ciliation
 
n

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ciliate cil·i·ate (sĭl'ē-ĭt, -āt')
n.
Any of various protozoans of the class Ciliata. adj.
Ciliated.

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ciliate

any member of the protozoan phylum Ciliophora, of which there are some 8,000 species; ciliates are generally considered the most evolved and complex of protozoans. Ciliates are single-celled organisms that, at some stage in their life cycle, possess cilia, short hairlike organelles used for locomotion and food gathering

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Suddenly, into the midst of the frolicking algae jumps a sizeable ciliate, and devours a cryptomonad.
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