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Any of various protozoans possessing one or more flagella.

[From New Latin Mastīgophora, former class name : Greek mastīx, mastīg-, whip + New Latin -phora (from Greek, neuter pl. of -phoros, -phore).]

mas′ti·goph′o·ran adj.


(Animals) any protozoan having one or more flagella
(Zoology) Also: flagellate of or relating to flagellated protozoans
[C19 mastigophore whip-bearer, from Greek mastigophoros, from mastix whip + -phoros -phore]


(ˌmæs tɪˈgɒf ər ən)

any protozoan of the phylum Mastigophora, comprising free-living, often disease-causing flagellates.
[1905–10; < New Latin Mastigophor(a) (< Greek, neuter pl of mastīgophóros whip-bearing]
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Noun1.mastigophoran - a usually nonphotosynthetic free-living protozoan with whiplike appendagesmastigophoran - a usually nonphotosynthetic free-living protozoan with whiplike appendages; some are pathogens of humans and other animals
protozoan, protozoon - any of diverse minute acellular or unicellular organisms usually nonphotosynthetic
dinoflagellate - chiefly marine protozoa having two flagella; a chief constituent of plankton
genus Leishmania, Leishmania - flagellate protozoan that causes leishmaniasis
zooflagellate, zoomastigote - flagellate protozoan lacking photosynthesis and other plant-like characteristics
hypermastigote - flagellate symbiotic in the intestines of e.g. termites
polymastigote - flagellates with several flagella
costia, Costia necatrix - a flagellate that is the cause of the frequently fatal fish disease costiasis
giardia - a suspected cause of diarrhea in humans
trichomonad - cause of trichomoniasis in women and cattle and birds