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1. Having flagella uniformly distributed over the body surface, as certain bacteria.
2. Having a band of cilia around the mouth, as certain protozoans.

pe·rit′ri·chous·ly adv.


(pəˈrɪ trɪ kəs)

1. (of bacteria) having a uniform distribution of flagella over the body surface.
2. (of certain protozoans) having cilia arranged spirally around the mouth.
[1875–80; peri- + -trichous < Greek -trichos -haired, derivative of tríx hair]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.peritrichous - covered all over with uniformly distributed flagella
bacteria, bacterium - (microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered to be plants
covered - overlaid or spread or topped with or enclosed within something; sometimes used as a combining form; "women with covered faces"; "covered wagons"; "a covered balcony"
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They are gram-negative, short rod-shaped bacteria and move with peritrichous flagella, owning fimbriae and are facultative anaerobes that are capable of fermentative and breathing metabolism.
It is able to grow both aerobically and anaerobically, preferably at 37[degrees]C, and can either be non-motile or motile, with peritrichous flagella.
coli is a facultative anaerobic bacterium belonging to the family Enter ob acteriaceae, it is a Gram-negative rod, non-sporulating, and either nonmobile or moved by peritrichous flagella (HIRSH et al.