noun plural

Cil·​i·​a·​ta ˌsil-ē-ˈāt-ə How to pronounce Ciliata (audio)
in some classifications
: a large class of chiefly free-living protozoans that feed on complex organic matter, have cilia or cirri throughout the vegetative stages of the life cycle, and usually have nuclei of two kinds

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“Ciliata.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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