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vor·ti·cel·la

 (vôr′tĭ-sĕl′ə)
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.]

vorticella

(ˌvɔːtɪˈsɛlə)
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]

vor•ti•cel•la

(ˌvɔr təˈsɛl ə)

n., pl. -cel•lae (-ˈsɛl i)
-cel•las.
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