plural noun

: an order of small plastic usually parasitic flagellates (subclass Zoomastigina) having several flagella and including various medically or economically important forms (as members of the genera Costia, Chilomastix, Giardia, Hexamita, and Trichomonas)

Word History


New Latin, from Polymastig-, Polymastix, genus of flagellates (from poly- + Greek mastig-, mastix whip) + -ina

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“Polymastigina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Polymastigina. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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