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protozoan

/ˌprəʊtəˈzəʊən/
noun (pl) -zoa (-ˈzəʊə), -zoans
1.
Also called protozoon (ˌprəʊtəˈzəʊɒn), (pl) -zoa. 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
adjective
2.
of or relating to protozoans
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek proto- + zoion animal
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Word Origin and History for protozoic
adj.

1838, from proto- + Greek zoe "life" (see zoo) + -ic.

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