tetrahymena

noun
tet·​ra·​hy·​me·​na | \ ˌte-trə-ˈhī-mə-nə How to pronounce tetrahymena (audio) \

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetrahymena. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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tetrahymena

noun
tet·​ra·​hy·​me·​na | \ -ˈhī-mə-nə How to pronounce tetrahymena (audio) \

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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