tetrahymena

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

Definition of tetrahymena 

: any of a genus (Tetrahymena) of ciliate protozoans

First Known Use of tetrahymena

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tetrahymena

New Latin, from tetra- + Greek hymēn membrane

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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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