protozoic


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

pro·to·zo·an

 (prō′tə-zō′ən) also pro·to·zo·on (-ŏn′)
n. pl. pro·to·zo·ans or pro·to·zo·a (-zō′ə) also pro·to·zo·ons
Any of numerous chiefly single-celled eukaryotic organisms, most of which move about freely and ingest food, including the amoebas, ciliates, flagellates, and apicomplexans. Protozoans along with certain algae, oomycetes, and some other groups make up the protists.

[From New Latin Prōtozōa, former subkingdom name : proto- + -zōa, pl. of -zōon, -zoon.]

pro′to·zo′an, pro′to·zo′al, pro′to·zo′ic adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.protozoic - of or relating to the Protozoa
Translations

protozoic

adjeinzellig
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Bleistein is a disturbance in the poem and part of this is due to the protean nature within him: another Sweeney-like character, he not only looks like an ape ("A saggy bending of the knees / And elbows, with the palms turned out"), but he also has an eye/I associated with the lowest and simplest form of living matter ("A lusterless protrusive eye / Stares from the protozoic slime") (CPP 40).
Fabulated Marshmellows, Protozoic Spliff, and Netherworldy Mugwumps are all examples of a two word search query that returns exactly one hit in Google.
The 23 articles review the year's scientific developments regarding such matters as an African perspective on global warming, evolution of the genus Homo, the atmospheric lifetime of fossil fuel carbon dioxide, mammalian response to Cenozoic climate change, forensic seismology and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, planetary migration and what it means for planet formation, the growth and evolution of asteroids, a multi-proxy perspective and protozoic case study of Euxinia in the ancient oceans, and the polar deposits of Mars.