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flagellate

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verb flag·el·late \ˈfla-jə-ˌlāt\

Definition of flagellate

flagellated

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flagellating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  whip, scourge

  3. 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

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

Definition of flagellate

  1. 1a or flagellatedplay \ˈfla-jə-ˌlā-təd\ :  having flagellab :  shaped like a flagellum

  2. 2 [3flagellate] :  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

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noun flag·el·late \same as 2flagellate\

Definition of flagellate

  1. :  a flagellate protozoan or alga

Origin and Etymology of flagellate

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

Other Microbiology Terms


FLAGELLATE Defined for English Language Learners

flagellate

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verb

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

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

Medical Definition of flagellate

  1. 1a or flagellated \ˈflaj-ə-ˌlāt-əd\play :  having flagellab:  shaped like a flagellum

  2. 2:  of, relating to, or caused by flagellates flagellate diarrhea


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flagellate

noun flag·el·late

Medical Definition of flagellate

  1. :  a flagellate protozoan or alga



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