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protozoon

 [pro″to-zo´on] (Gr.)
any member of the protozoa.

pro·to·zo·an

(prō'tō-zō'ăn),
1. A member of the phylum Protozoa. Synonym(s): protozoon
2. Relating to protozoa. Synonym(s): protozoal

protozoon

[prō′təzō′ən] pl. protozoa
Etymology: Gk, protos + zoon, animal
a unicellular protist that ingests food. Protozoa include free-living forms, such as amebas and paramecia, as well as parasites. Approximately 30 protozoa are pathogenic to humans, including Plasmodium, which causes malaria, and Trypanosoma, which causes sleeping sickness. See also mastigophora. protozoal, protozoan, adj.

pro·to·zo·an

(prō'tō-zō'ăn)
1. A member of the phylum Protozoa.
Synonym(s): protozoon.
2. Relating to protozoa.
Synonym(s): protozoal.

protozoon

pl. protozoa [Gr.] any member of the Protozoa.