protozoan

[proh-tuh-zoh-uhn] Biology.
noun, plural protozoans (especially collectively) protozoa [proh-tuh-zoh-uh] .
1.
any of a diverse group of eukaryotes, of the kingdom Protista, that are primarily unicellular, existing singly or aggregating into colonies, are usually nonphotosynthetic, and are often classified further into phyla according to their capacity for and means of motility, as by pseudopods, flagella, or cilia.
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a protozoan.

Origin:
1860–65; Protozo(a) + -an

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protozoan (ˌprəʊtəˈzəʊən)
 
n , pl -zoa, -zoans, -zoa
1.  Also called: protozoon any of various minute unicellular organisms formerly regarded as invertebrates of the phylum Protozoa but now usually classified in certain phyla of protoctists. Protozoans include flagellates, ciliates, sporozoans, amoebas, and foraminifers
 
adj
2.  of or relating to protozoans
 
[C19: via New Latin from Greek proto- + zoion animal]

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protozoan pro·to·zo·an (prō'tə-zō'ən) or pro·to·zo·on (-ŏn')
n. pl. pro·to·zo·a (-zō'ə) or pro·to·zo·ans or pro·to·zo·a or pro·to·zo·ons
Any of a group of single-celled, usually microscopic, eukaryotic organisms, such as amoebas, ciliates, flagellates, and sporozoans.


pro'to·zo'an or pro'to·zo'al or pro'to·zo'ic adj.
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protozoan   (prō'tə-zō'ən)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural protozoans or protozoa
Any of a large group of one-celled organisms (called protists) that live in water or as parasites. Many protozoans move about by means of appendages known as cilia or flagella. Protozoans include the amoebas, flagellates, foraminiferans, and ciliates. Their traditional classification as the subkingdom Protozoa is still used for convenience, but it is now known that protozoans represent several evolutionarily distinct groups. See more at protist.
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Example sentences
The presence of particular types of protozoans is related to effluent quality and plant performance.
No other parasitic protozoans have been reported to have such a capability.
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