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ciliate

[sil-ee-it, -eyt] /ˈsɪl i ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
noun
1.
Also called ciliophoran
[sil-ee-of-er-uh n] /ˌsɪl iˈɒf ər ən/ (Show IPA)
. 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] /ˈsɪl iˌeɪ tɪd/ (Show IPA)
. having cilia.
3.
belonging or pertaining to the phylum Ciliophora.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Neo-Latin ciliātus, equivalent to cili(a) cilia + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
ciliately, adverb
ciliation, noun
multiciliate, adjective
multiciliated, adjective
nonciliate, adjective
nonciliated, adjective
unciliated, adjective
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  • Suddenly, into the midst of the frolicking algae jumps a sizeable ciliate, and devours a cryptomonad.
British Dictionary definitions for ciliate

ciliate

/ˈsɪlɪɪt; -eɪt/
adjective
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
noun
3.
a protozoan of the phylum Ciliophora
Derived Forms
ciliation, noun
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ciliate in Medicine

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

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Encyclopedia Article for ciliate

Ciliophora

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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