noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek mastig-, mastix whip + pherein to carry — more at bear Date: circa 1911 any of a subphylum (Mastigophora) of protozoans comprising forms with flagella and including many often treated as algae • mastigophoran adjective

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  • mastigophoran — [mas΄ti gäf′ə rən] n. [< ModL Mastigophora (< Gr mastix, gen. mastigos, a whip + ModL phora, fem. of phorus: see PHORE) + AN] any of a subphylum (Mastigophora) of protozoans, sometimes parasitic, having flagella: certain classes, as… …   English World dictionary

  • mastigophoran — /mas ti gof euhr euhn/, n. 1. Also, mastigophore /mas ti geuh fawr , fohr /. a protozoan of the phylum Mastigophora. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to the Mastigophora. [1905 10; MASTIGOPHOR(A) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • mastigophoran — mas·ti·goph·o·ran (mas″tĭ gofґə rən) 1. a protozoan of the subphylum Mastigophora. 2. of or belonging to the subphylum Mastigophora; called also flagellate and mastigote …   Medical dictionary

  • mastigophoran — mæstɪ gÉ‘frÉ™n / gÉ’f n. one celled organisms in the flagellate family (Zoology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mastigophoran — mas·ti·goph·o·ran …   English syllables

  • mastigophoran — mas•ti•goph•o•ran [[t]ˌmæs tɪˈgɒf ər ən[/t]] n. mcr any protozoan of the phylum Mastigophora, comprising free living, often disease causing flagellates • Etymology: 1905–10; < NLMastigophor(a)(< Gk, neut. pl of mastīgophóros whip bearing …   From formal English to slang

  • mastigophoran — noun a usually nonphotosynthetic free living protozoan with whiplike appendages; some are pathogens of humans and other animals • Syn: ↑flagellate, ↑flagellate protozoan, ↑flagellated protozoan, ↑mastigophore • Derivationally related forms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • flagellate — 1. Possessing one or more flagella. 2. Common name for a member of the class Mastigophora. collared f. SYN: choanomastigote. * * * fla·gel·late flaj ə lət, .lāt; flə jel ət adj 1 a) or flag·el·lat·ed …   Medical dictionary

  • flagellum — A whiplike locomotory organelle of constant structural arrangement consisting of nine double peripheral microtubules and two single central microtubules; it arises from a deeply staining basal granule, often connected to the nucleus by a fiber,… …   Medical dictionary

  • mastigote — An individual flagellate. [G. mastix, a whip] * * * mas·ti·gote (masґtĭ gōt) mastigophoran …   Medical dictionary

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