suctorian

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suc·​to·​ri·​an | \ ˌsək-ˈtȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce suctorian (audio) \

Definition of suctorian

: any of a class or subclass (Suctoria) of complex protozoans which are ciliated only early in development and in which the mature form is fixed to the substrate, lacks locomotor organelles or a mouth, and obtains food through specialized suctorial tentacles

First Known Use of suctorian

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suctorian

New Latin Suctoria, from neuter plural of suctorius suctorial

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suctorian

noun
suc·​to·​ri·​an | \ -ē-ən How to pronounce suctorian (audio) \

Medical Definition of suctorian

: any protozoan of the class Suctoria

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