bal·​an·​tid·​i·​um ˌbal-ən-ˈtid-ē-əm How to pronounce balantidium (audio)
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
plural balantidia -ē-ə How to pronounce balantidium (audio) : a protozoan of the genus Balantidium
balantidial adjective
or balantidic

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“Balantidium.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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