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 (sĭl′ē-ĭt, -āt′)
Any of various protozoans of the phylum Ciliophora, characterized by numerous cilia.

cil′i·a′tion n.
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(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
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(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.
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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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Among unicellular microeukaryotes, ciliates are the most specialized, diversified and with the highest complexity in terms of cellular organization (Puytorac, 1994).
In Mexico however; the records on protozoan parasites are specific for parasites ciliates, and they are limited to Trichodina symmetrica in Sarotherodon hornorum Trewavas, 1966 and cultured O.
A number of NRCP research activities were anchored on the ground works of the science frontier, these include: in 2008, the use of crude coconut oil and water-diluted alcohol for dual fuel option for diesel engine; in 2012, the genomic survey of Dengue virus; in 2015, the bioremediation strategies for mined-out areas; in 2015, the potential use of ciliates and protozoans as indicators of pollutants in Lake Lanao along with its physical and chemical characterization; in 2017, the potential use of aquatic bacteria - Actinobacteria, as antibiotics, in the seabeds of Eastern Visayas, Luzon, Palawan, and Mindanao.
They were represented by three groups; Tintinnids, non-Tintinnid ciliates and Foraminifera.
Franzolin and Dehority (2010) reported that decreasing the pH of rumen caused strong negative impact on ciliates protozoa viability.
Some rumen ciliates have endosymbiotic methanogens.
The ciliates and nodules in 10 high-power (X400) microscopic fields of each specimen were counted and reported as numbers/[mm.sup.2] of gill tissue.
Evidently, this was supported by the rich community of ciliates (Mohr and Adrian, 2002) in this lake.
Although Ricketts published some 45 years ago, fundamental questions remain today as to what triggers phagocytosis in ciliates. If organic solutes do trigger ingestion, the high concentrations that Ricketts used could conceivably allow the compounds to activate receptors which would normally be involved in the molecular recognition of food particles.