Medical Definition of herpetomonas
1 capitalized : a genus of flagellates of the family Trypanosomatidae morphologically similar to the genus Trypanosoma but exclusively parasites of the gut of insects
2: any flagellate of the genus Herpetomonas; also : any member of the family Trypanosomatidae that appears to have two flagella due to precocious duplication of the locomotor apparatus
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