zooflagellate


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zo•o•flag•el•late

(ˌzoʊ əˈflædʒ ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt)

n.
any flagellated protozoan that lacks photosynthetic pigment and feeds on organic matter: often parasitic.
[1955–60]
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Noun1.zooflagellate - flagellate protozoan lacking photosynthesis and other plant-like characteristics
flagellate, flagellate protozoan, flagellated protozoan, mastigophoran, mastigophore - a usually nonphotosynthetic free-living protozoan with whiplike appendages; some are pathogens of humans and other animals
subclass Zoomastigina, Zoomastigina - in some classifications considered a phylum of the kingdom Protista; holozoic or saprozoic flagellates
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Trichomonas gallinae (Sarcomastigophora) is a zooflagellate which parasitizes a variety of avian orders and causes avian trichomoniasis.
Archezoa are now treated, not as a separate kingdom (2, 3), but as a subkingdom of the Protozoa, comprising only the two zooflagellate protozoan phyla, Metamonada and Parabasalia (1), which have no mitochondria and are microaerophilic or anaerobic.
Impact of bacteria and zooflagellates on the composition of sinking particles: an in situ experiment.