noun plural

Pe·​rit·​ri·​cha pə-ˈri-tri-kə How to pronounce Peritricha (audio)
: an order of the class Ciliata comprising protozoans with an enlarged disklike ciliated anterior end leading to the cytostome via a counterclockwise zone near the mouth and with reduced body ciliation and often being attached to the substrate by a contractile stalk

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“Peritricha.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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