suctorian

noun suc·to·ri·an \ -ē-ən \

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

Origin and Etymology of suctorian

New Latin Suctoria, from neuter plural of suctorius suctorial


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suctorian

noun suc·to·ri·an \ -ē-ən \

medical Definition of suctorian

: any protozoan of the class Suctoria

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