balantidium

noun
bal·​an·​tid·​i·​um | \ ˌbal-ən-ˈtid-ē-əm How to pronounce balantidium (audio) \

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\ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce balantidia (audio) \ : a protozoan of the genus Balantidium

Other Words from balantidium

balantidial \ -​ē-​əl How to pronounce balantidial (audio) \ or balantidic \ -​ˈtid-​ik How to pronounce balantidic (audio) \ adjective

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“Balantidium.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/balantidium. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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