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Related to Ciliophora: Protozoa, Sporozoa, Balantidium coli
a subphylum of Protozoa, including two major groups, the ciliates and suctorians, and distinguished from the other subphyla by the presence of cilia at some stage in the existence of the member organisms.
A phylum of protozoa that includes the abundant free-living ciliates and the sessile suctorians; formerly classified as a subphylum of the phylum Protozoa.Synonym(s): ciliates, Ciliata
[cilio- + G. phoros, bearing]
Ciliophora/Cil·i·oph·o·ra/ (sil″e-of´ah-rah) a phylum of protozoa whose members possess cilia during some developmental stage and usually have two kinds of nuclei (a micro- and a macronucleus); it includes the Kinetofragminophorea, Oligohymenophorea, and Polyhymenophorea.
a phylum of protozoa whose members, called ciliates, use cilia for locomotion and feeding.
Ciliophoraa very large subphylum of PROTOZOANS, including the Ciliata and Suctoria, that at some time during the life cycle possess cilia (see CILIUM and usually a micro- and meganucleus.
a subphylum of Protozoa, including two major groups, the ciliates and suctorians, and distinguished from the other subphyla by the presence of cilia at some stage during the organism's life cycle.