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n. pl. vor·ti·cel·lae (-sĕl′ē) or vor·ti·cel·las
Any of various ciliate protozoans of the genus Vorticella, having a bell-shaped body and living underwater on a slender stalk often attached to a plant or other object.

[New Latin Vorticella, genus name, from Latin vortex, vortic-, vortex; see vortex.]


n, pl -lae (-liː)
(Microbiology) any protozoan of the genus Vorticella, consisting of a goblet-shaped ciliated cell attached to the substratum by a long contractile stalk
[C18: from New Latin, literally: a little eddy, from vortex]


(ˌvɔr təˈsɛl ə)

n., pl. -cel•lae (-ˈsɛl i)
any ciliated protozoan of the genus Vorticella.
[1780–90; < New Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vorticella - any of various protozoa having a transparent goblet-shaped body with a retractile stalkvorticella - any of various protozoa having a transparent goblet-shaped body with a retractile stalk
ciliate, ciliated protozoan, ciliophoran - a protozoan with a microscopic appendage extending from the surface of the cell
genus Vorticella - ciliated protozoans that have a goblet-shaped body with a retractile stalk
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gillii, de manera general la dieta estuvo constituida por algas (Chlorophyceae, Cyanophyceae, Bacillariophyceae, Euglenoidea y Zygnematophyceae), mientras que el escaso componente animal estuvo presente solo en las tallas ii y iv por protozoos Vorticella sp.
The highest ciliate ingestion rates were observed in January 2011, due to the fact that the ciliated population were numerically dominated by the group Spirotrichea (mainly Halteria grandinella), composed of small bacterivorous ciliates (usually <30[micro]m) and by the Peritrichia group (mainly represented by Campanella umbellaria and Vorticella aquadulcis-complex), composed by efficient bacterial filter feeders.
turrida B Pf, Bt (Ehrenberg, 1838) 16 Euplotes affinis B-D Bt (Dujardin, 1842) 17 Oxytricha fallax B Pl, Bt (Stein, 1859) 18 Stentor roeseli B, P Bt (Ehrenberg, 1835) Class Peritricha 19 Epistylis B Pf thienemanni (Nenninger, 1948) 20 Opercularia B Pf coarctata (Claparede et Lachmann, 1858) 21 Vorticella alba B-D Pf (Fromentel, 1874) 22 V.
Researchers design a microfluidic device that can exploit the extension and contraction of the stalk on the microorganism Vorticella in response to the presence of Ca2+ ions.
Diariamente se verificaba el estado general de las larvas teniendo en cuenta su movilidad, la reaccion a estimulos como la luz, el exceso o defecto de alimento, y la presencia de microorganismos parasitos como Vorticella sp.
Vorticella convallaria is a polymorphic, ciliated protozoan that spends the majority of its life cycle as an actively-feeding, sessile cell attached to a substrate by its contractile stalk (Fig.
In their review of biological springs and ratchets, Mahadevan and Matsudaira (2000) describe the spasmoneme spring of Vorticella, which contracts in response to calcium signaling and can propel the cell body at speeds of about 8 cm/s.