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flagellate

verb flag·el·late \ ˈfla-jə-ˌlāt \
|Updated on: 31 May 2018

Definition of flagellate

flagellated; flagellating
1 : whip, scourge
2 : to drive or punish as if by whipping

Examples of flagellate in a Sentence

  1. some medieval monks believed it was necessary to flagellate themselves in order to keep their desires in check

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Origin and Etymology of flagellate

Latin flagellatus, past participle of flagellare, from flagellum, diminutive of flagrum whip; perhaps akin to Old Norse blaka to wave


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flagellate

adjective fla·gel·late \ ˈfla-jə-lət , -ˌlāt ; flə-ˈje-lət \

Definition of flagellate

1 a or flagellated play \ˈfla-jə-ˌlā-təd\ : having flagella
b : shaped like a flagellum
2 : of, relating to, or caused by flagellates
  • flagellate diarrhea

Origin and Etymology of flagellate

New Latin flagellatus, from flagellum

Other Microbiology Terms


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flagellate

noun \ same as 2flagellate \

Definition of flagellate

: a flagellate protozoan or alga

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Origin and Etymology of flagellate

New Latin Flagellata, class of unicellular organisms, from neuter plural of flagellatus

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FLAGELLATE Defined for English Language Learners

flagellate

Definition of flagellate for English Language Learners

  • : to hit (yourself or another person) with a whip as punishment or as part of a religious ritual


Medical Dictionary

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flagellate

adjective fla·gel·late \ ˈflaj-ə-lət , -ˌlāt; flə-ˈjel-ət \

medical Definition of flagellate

1 a or flagellated play \ˈflaj-ə-ˌlāt-əd\ : having flagella
b : shaped like a flagellum
2 : of, relating to, or caused by flagellates
  • flagellate diarrhea

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flagellate

noun

medical Definition of flagellate

: a flagellate protozoan or alga


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