balantidium


bal·an·tid·i·um

noun \ˌbal-ən-ˈtid-ē-əm\

Definition of BALANTIDIUM

1
capitalized : a genus of large parasitic ciliate protozoans (order Heterotricha) including one (B. coli) that infests the intestines of some mammals and especially swine and may cause a chronic ulcerative dysentery in humans
2
plural bal·an·tid·ia \-ē-ə\ : a protozoan of the genus Balantidium
bal·an·tid·i·al \-ē-əl\ or bal·an·tid·ic \-ˈtid-ik\ adjective

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