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suctorian

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noun suc·to·ri·an \-ē-ən\

Definition of suctorian

  1. :  any of a class or subclass (Suctoria) of complex protozoans which are ciliated only early in development and in which the mature form is fixed to the substrate, lacks locomotor organelles or a mouth, and obtains food through specialized suctorial tentacles



Origin and Etymology of suctorian

New Latin Suctoria, from neuter plural of suctorius suctorial


First Known Use: circa 1842


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suctorian

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noun suc·to·ri·an \-ē-ən\

Medical Definition of suctorian

  1. :  any protozoan of the class Suctoria




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