giardia

[jee-ahr-dee-uh, jahr-]
noun
any flagellate of the genus Giardia, parasitic in the intestines of vertebrates.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin, named after Alfred M. Giard (died 1908), French biologist; see -ia

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Giardia Gi·ar·di·a (jē-är'dē-ə)
n.
A genus of flagellated, usually nonpathogenic protozoa that are parasitic in the intestines of vertebrates including humans and most domestic animals.

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