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Any of various protozoans of the phylum Ciliophora, characterized by numerous cilia.
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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
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cil•i•ate(ˈsɪl i ɪt, -ˌeɪt)
1. any protozoan of the phylum Ciliophora, characterized by cilia covering all or part of the body.adj.
2. Also, cil•i•at•ed (ˈsɪl iˌeɪ tɪd) having cilia.
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|Noun||1.||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
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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