Definitions for flagellateˈflædʒ əˌleɪt; -lɪt, -ˌleɪt
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flagellate, flagellate protozoan, flagellated protozoan, mastigophoran, mastigophore(adj)
a usually nonphotosynthetic free-living protozoan with whiplike appendages; some are pathogens of humans and other animals
flagellate, flagellated, whiplike, lash-like(verb)
having or resembling a lash or whip (as does a flagellum)
"The religious fanatics flagellated themselves"
Having a flagellum or flagella.
Any organism that has flagella.
To whip or scourge.
Resembling a whip.
Origin: flagellum ("whip")
to whip; to scourge; to flog
of or pertaining to the Flagellata
Origin: [L. flagellatus, p. p. of flagellare to scoure, fr. flagellum whip, dim. of flagrum whip, scoure; cf. fligere to strike. Cf. Flall.]
A flagellate is an organism with one or more whip-like organelles called flagella. Some cells in animals may be flagellate, for instance the spermatozoa of most phyla. Flowering plants do not produce flagellate cells, but ferns, mosses, green algae, some gymnosperms and other closely related plants do. Likewise, most fungi do not produce cells with flagellae, but the primitive fungal chytrids do. Many protists take the form of single-celled flagellates. The word flagellate describes a particular construction of eukaryotic organism and its means of motion. The term does not imply any specific relationship or classification of the organisms that possess flagellae. However, the term "flagellate" is included in other terms which often are more formally characterized.
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