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balantidium

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noun bal·an·tid·i·um \ˌbal-ən-ˈtid-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of balantidium

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of large parasitic ciliate protozoans (order Heterotricha) including one (B. coli) that infests the intestines of some mammals and especially swine and may cause a chronic ulcerative dysentery in humans

  2. 2plural balantidia \-ē-ə\play :  a protozoan of the genus Balantidium

balantidial

\-ē-əl\play or

balantidic

\-ˈtid-ik\play adjective

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