Vorticellas
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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  • vorticellas — 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 — {{hw}}{{vorticella}}{{/hw}}s. f. Animale unicellulare dei Protozoi a forma di calice, con peduncolo che lo fissa al substrato …   Enciclopedia di italiano

  • 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

  • Peritricha — Pe*rit ri*cha, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? about + ?, ?, hair.] (Zo[ o]l.) A division of ciliated Infusoria having a circle of cilia around the oral disk and sometimes another around the body. It includes the vorticellas. See {Vorticella}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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]}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vorticellae — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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