cil·​i·​ate | \ ˈsi-lē-ət How to pronounce ciliate (audio) , -lē-ˌāt \

Definition of ciliate

: any of a phylum or subphylum (Ciliophora) of ciliated protozoans (such as paramecia)

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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, "This mite’s method of hitchhiking is not recommended," 27 Mar. 2018

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1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Ciliate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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cil·​i·​ate | \ ˈsil-ē-ət, -ē-ˌāt How to pronounce ciliate (audio) \

Medical Definition of ciliate

: any of a phylum or subphylum (Ciliophora) of ciliated protozoans (such as paramecia)

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