Vorticella Vor`ti*cel"la, n.; pl. E. {Vorticellas}, L. {Vorticell[ae]}. [NL., dim. fr. L. vortex. See {Vortex}.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of ciliated Infusoria belonging to {Vorticella} and many other genera of the family {Vorticellid[ae]}. They have a more or less bell-shaped body with a circle of vibrating cilia around the oral disk. Most of the species have slender, contractile stems, either simple or branched. [1913 Webster]

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  • vorticellae — n. one celled organism with a bell shaped body that attaches itself to underwater plants by means of a slender stalk …   English contemporary dictionary

  • vorticella — noun (plural vorticellae or cellas) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin vortic , vortex Date: 1787 any of a genus (Vorticella) of stalked bell shaped ciliates …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vorticella — /vawr teuh sel euh/, n., pl. vorticellae / sel ee/, vorticellas. any ciliated protozoan of the genus Vorticella, having a transparent, bell shaped body with a retractile stalk. [1780 90; < NL; see VORTEX, ELLA] * * * ▪ protist  genus of the… …   Universalium

  • vorticella — /vɔtəˈsɛlə/ (say vawtuh seluh) noun (plural vorticellae /vɔtəˈsɛli/ (say vawtuh selee)) a transparent, bell shaped animalcule on a fine elastic stem. {New Latin, diminutive of vortex} …   Australian English dictionary

  • vorticella — [vôrt΄ə sel′ə] n. pl. vorticellae [vôr΄tə sel′ē] [ModL, dim. < L vortex: see VORTEX] any of a genus (Vorticella) of one celled ciliates living in water, with a bell shaped body on a thin, contractile stem serving as a holdfast …   English World dictionary

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