Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

tetrahymena

play
noun tet·ra·hy·me·na \ˌte-trə-ˈhī-mə-nə\

Definition of tetrahymena

  1. :  any of a genus (Tetrahymena) of ciliate protozoans



Origin of tetrahymena

New Latin, from tetra- + Greek hymēn membrane


First Known Use: 1962


Medical Dictionary

tetrahymena

play
noun tet·ra·hy·me·na \-ˈhī-mə-nə\

Medical Definition of tetrahymena

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of free-living ciliate protozoans much used for genetic and biochemical research

  2. 2:  any ciliate protozoan of the genus Tetrahymena




Learn More about tetrahymena

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "tetrahymena"


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up tetrahymena? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the range of perception or understanding

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

perplex soothe reduce disapprove
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ