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balantidium

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

medical Definition of balantidium

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

balantidial

play \-ē-əl\ or balantidic play \-ˈtid-ik\ adjective

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