Adjective "ciliate" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A single-celled animal of a large and diverse phylum distinguished by the possession of cilia or ciliary structures.
  1. 'In the most recent classification of ciliates, the group is divided into eight classes.'
  2. 'Several of his images of ciliates are available; look under ‘Infusoria,’ an older name for the Ciliata.'


(of an organism, cell, or surface) bearing cilia.
  1. 'In the present study we were unable to observe cilia in any presumptive ciliate protozoan.'


1. Also called ciliophoran[sil-ee-of-er-uh n]/ˌsɪl iˈɒf ər ən/. any protozoan of the phylum Ciliophora (or in some classification schemes, class Ciliata), as those of the genera Paramecium, Tetrahymena, Stentor, and Vorticella, having cilia on part or all of the surface. adjective

2. Also, ciliated[sil-ee-ey-tid]/ˈsɪl iˌeɪ tɪd/. having cilia.

3. belonging or pertaining to the phylum Ciliophora.

More examples(as adjective)

"protozoans can be ciliate."