noun Etymology: ultimately from Latin infusus Date: 1859 any of a heterogeneous group of minute organisms found especially in water with decomposing organic matter; especially a ciliated protozoan • infusorian adjective

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  • Infusorian — In fu*so ri*an, n. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the Infusoria. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • infusorian — [in΄fyo͞o sôr ēən] n. [< ModL ( animalcula infusoria), neut. pl. of infusorius, pertaining to infusions (< L infusus: see INFUSE) + AN] 1. any of a former large group (Infusoria) of microscopic animals found in infusions of decayed organic… …   English World dictionary

  • infusorian — Archaic term for a member of the class Infusoria, now the phylum Ciliophora. * * * in·fu·so·ri·an ē ən n any of a heterogeneous group of minute organisms found esp. in water with decomposing organic matter esp a ciliated protozoan in …   Medical dictionary

  • infusorian — /in fyoo sawr ee euhn, sohr /, n. 1. any of the Infusoria. adj. 2. infusorial. [1855 60; INFUSORI(A) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • infusorian — noun any member of the infusoria See Also: infusorial …   Wiktionary

  • infusorian — in·fu so·ri·an || ‚ɪnfjuːzɔːrɪən n. single celled organism which belongs to the Infusoria (Zoology) adj. of the Infusoria, pertaining to a class of class of one celled organisms (Zoology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • infusorian — in·fu·so·ri·an …   English syllables

  • infusorian — in•fu•so•ri•an [[t]ˌɪn fyʊˈsɔr i ən, ˈsoʊr [/t]] n. 1) any of the Infusoria 2) infusorial • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • infusorian — /ɪnfjuˈzɔriən/ (say infyooh zawreeuhn) noun 1. any protozoan of the class Infusoria, mostly microscopic and aquatic, having vibratile cilia. 2. Obsolete any of a miscellaneous variety of minute or microscopic animal and vegetable organisms… …   Australian English dictionary

  • infusorian — noun any member of the subclass Infusoria • Hypernyms: ↑ciliate, ↑ciliated protozoan, ↑ciliophoran • Member Holonyms: ↑Infusoria, ↑subclass Infusoria …   Useful english dictionary

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