tetrahymena

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noun tet·ra·hy·me·na \ˌte-trə-ˈhī-mə-nə\

Definition of tetrahymena

  1. :  any of a genus (Tetrahymena) of ciliate protozoans

Origin and Etymology of tetrahymena

New Latin, from tetra- + Greek hymēn membrane


First Known Use: 1962


Medical Dictionary

tetrahymena

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noun tet·ra·hy·me·na \-ˈhī-mə-nə\

Medical Definition of tetrahymena

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of free-living ciliate protozoans much used for genetic and biochemical research

  2. 2:  any ciliate protozoan of the genus Tetrahymena


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