ciliate

noun

cil·​i·​ate ˈsi-lē-ət How to pronounce ciliate (audio)
-lē-ˌāt
: any of a phylum or subphylum (Ciliophora) of ciliated protozoans (such as paramecia)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Various other organisms also popped up alive in the mollusk feces, including springtails, ciliates, nematodes, mosses, and plant seeds. Yao-hua Law, Science | AAAS, 27 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ciliate was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Ciliate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ciliate. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

ciliate

noun

cil·​i·​ate ˈsil-ē-ət How to pronounce ciliate (audio)
-ˌāt
: any of a group of protozoans that have cilia

Medical Definition

ciliate

noun

cil·​i·​ate ˈsil-ē-ət, -ē-ˌāt How to pronounce ciliate (audio)
: any of a phylum or subphylum (Ciliophora) of ciliated protozoans (such as paramecia)

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