noun Etymology: New Latin Suctoria, from neuter plural of suctorius suctorial Date: circa 1842 any of a class or subclass (Suctoria) of complex protozoans which are ciliated only early in development and in which the mature form is fixed to the substrate, lacks locomotor organelles or a mouth, and obtains food through specialized suctorial tentacles

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  • Suctorian — Suc*to ri*an, n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A cartilaginous fish with a mouth adapted for suction, as the lampery. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the Suctoria. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suctorian — /suk tawr ee euhn, tohr /, n. 1. a suctorial animal. 2. a protozoan of the class or order Suctoria, which live, as adults, attached by a stalk to the substrate and feed by means of long, suctorial tentacles. adj. 3. belonging or pertaining to the …   Universalium

  • suctorian — noun A protist of the subclass Suctoria in the class Phyllopharyngea; a predatory sessile ciliate …   Wiktionary

  • suctorian — suc·to·ri·an ē ən n any protozoan of the class Suctoria …   Medical dictionary

  • suctorian — suc·to·ri·an …   English syllables

  • suctorian — suc•to•ri•an [[t]sʌkˈtɔr i ən, ˈtoʊr [/t]] n. 1) bio a suctorial animal 2) mcr a protozoan of the order Suctoria, which in the adult phase attaches to the substrate by a stalk and feeds by means of suctorial tentacles 3) mcr belonging or… …   From formal English to slang

  • suctorian — ˌsəkˈtōrēən noun ( s) Etymology: New Latin Suctoria + English an 1. : a suctorial animal 2. : one of the Suctoria * * * /suk tawr ee euhn, tohr /, n …   Useful english dictionary

  • protozoan — /proh teuh zoh euhn/, n., pl. protozoans, (esp. collectively) protozoa / zoh euh/, adj. Biol. n. 1. any of a diverse group of eukaryotes, of the kingdom Protista, that are primarily unicellular, existing singly or aggregating into colonies, are… …   Universalium

  • Ciliate — For the type of leaf margin, see Leaf#Margins (edge). Ciliated Cells Temporal range: Ediacaran Recent …   Wikipedia

  • Myzocytosis — (from Greek: myzein, (μυζεῖν) meaning to suck and kytos (κύτος) meaning container , hence referring to cell ) is a method of feeding found in some heterotrophic organisms. It is also called cellular vampirism as the predatory cell pierces the… …   Wikipedia

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