tetrahymena

tetrahymena

[te-truh-hahy-muh-nuh]
noun Biology.
any ciliated protozoan of the genus Tetrahymena, a relative of the paramecium: often used in genetics research.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1940); see tetra-, hymen, -a2; so named from the four membranous ciliary organelles that characterized a cytostomal pattern exemplified by this genus

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