tetrahymena

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

Definition of tetrahymena

: any of a genus (Tetrahymena) of ciliate protozoans

Origin and Etymology of tetrahymena

New Latin, from tetra- + Greek hymēn membrane


Medical Dictionary

tetrahymena

noun tet·ra·hy·me·na \ -ˈhī-mə-nə \

medical Definition of tetrahymena

1 capitalized : a genus of free-living ciliate protozoans much used for genetic and biochemical research
2 : any ciliate protozoan of the genus Tetrahymena

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