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Related to ciliate: Ciliophora, paramecium, Sporozoa


 (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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Leaf blade oblong-elliptic to elliptic-ovate, 13-45 cm long; base asymmetrical in sympodial leaves, cordate to deeply auriculate, the biggest lobe half or completely overlapping the petiole; pinnately veined with 8-16 secondary veins; ciliate and minutely pubescent on both surfaces.
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