phytoflagellate


phy·to·fla·gel·late

noun \ˌfī-tō-ˈfla-jə-lət, -ˌlāt; -flə-ˈje-\

Definition of PHYTOFLAGELLATE

:  any of various organisms (as dinoflagellates) that are considered a subclass (Phytomastigophora syn. Phytomastigina) usually of algae by botanists and of protozoans by zoologists and that have many characteristics in common with typical algae

First Known Use of PHYTOFLAGELLATE

1935

phy·to·fla·gel·late

noun \ˌfīt-ō-ˈflaj-ə-lət, -ˌlāt; -flə-ˈjel-ət\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PHYTOFLAGELLATE

: any of various organisms (as dinoflagellates) that are considered a subclass (Phytomastigophora synonym Phytomastigina) usually of algae by botanists and of protozoans by zoologists and that have many characteristics in common with typical algae

phytoflagellate

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several protozoans that have flagella in addition to sharing many characteristics with typical algae, especially the pigment chlorophyll and various other pigments. Some species, though similar in form, lack chlorophyll. Phytoflagellates may obtain nutrients by photosynthesis, by absorption through the body surface, or by ingestion of food particles. Cryptomonads are among the more important phytoflagellates.

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