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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; < New 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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Examples from the web for ciliated
  • The mucous lining of the lacrimal sac and nasolacrimal duct is covered with columnar epithelium, which in places is ciliated.
British Dictionary definitions for ciliated

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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ciliated in Medicine

ciliated cil·i·at·ed (sĭl'ē-ā'tĭd)
adj.
Having cilia.

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

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