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 (sĭl′ē-ĭt, -āt′)
Any of various protozoans of the phylum Ciliophora, characterized by numerous cilia.

cil′i·a′tion n.


(ˈsɪlɪɪt; -eɪt)
1. (Zoology) Also: ciliated possessing or relating to cilia: a ciliate epithelium.
2. (Animals) of or relating to protozoans of the phylum Ciliophora, which have an outer layer of cilia
(Animals) a protozoan of the phylum Ciliophora
ˌciliˈation n


(ˈsɪl i ɪt, -ˌeɪt)
1. any protozoan of the phylum Ciliophora, characterized by cilia covering all or part of the body.
2. Also, cil•i•at•ed (ˈsɪl iˌeɪ tɪd) having cilia.
[1785–95; < New Latin ciliātus=cili(a) cilia + -ātus -ate1]
cil`i•a′tion, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ciliate - a protozoan with a microscopic appendage extending from the surface of the cell
protozoan, protozoon - any of diverse minute acellular or unicellular organisms usually nonphotosynthetic
Ciliata, Ciliophora, class Ciliata, class Ciliophora - class of protozoa having cilia or hairlike appendages on part or all of the surface during some part of the life cycle
infusorian - any member of the subclass Infusoria
paramecia, paramecium - any member of the genus Paramecium
tetrahymena - relative of the paramecium; often used in genetics research
stentor - any of several trumpet-shaped ciliate protozoans that are members of the genus Stentor
vorticella - any of various protozoa having a transparent goblet-shaped body with a retractile stalk
Adj.1.ciliate - of or relating to cilia projecting from the surface of a cell
2.ciliate - of or relating to the human eyelash
3.ciliate - having a margin or fringe of hairlike projections
rough - of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped
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Obviously, knowledge of rumen ciliate composition and the establishment and the comparison of the faunal similarities and differences between the hosts would yield specific information on the geographical distribution of both the hosts and the ciliates, the feeding habitats and physiology of the hosts and their specific ciliates.
With the help of their finely-tuned visual system, they pursue and catch small ciliates.
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Ciliates Single-celled organisms with a complex internal structure that move by the beating of many short hair- like projections on the surface of the cell.
Ciliates, major algae consumers were successfully controlled by the application of quinine sulfate @ 80 mg L-1 of water after 3 h of administration with no effect on algal cells.
The objectives are 1) to characterize the distribution of abundance and diversity of ciliates at different spatial scales, and 2) to relate the observed spatial patterns and their variabiIity with ecological processes in the lagoon.
Protists are important consumers in the freshwater food web (Heath et at, 2003; Marxsen, 2006), and the ciliates are key in this web as primary consumers of bacteria.
In both the 2010 and 1965 study, bacteria, flagellates, nematodes, and the smaller ciliates were not identified or counted.
With special emphasis on the new unicellular microorganisms, contributors cover amoebae, apicomplexans, ciliates, flagellates, protozoan pathogens of major medical importance, protozoan biology and host response.