Chilomastix(redirected from Retortamonad)
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a genus of pear- or lemon-shaped parasitic protozoa found in the intestines of various vertebrates, including humans. All species are considered nonpathogenic or only slightly pathogenic, but one species, C. mesni´li, has been associated with rare cases of watery diarrhea.
A genus of protozoan flagellates parasitic in the large intestine of humans and other primates, and in many other mammals, birds, amphibia, and reptiles; it is ordinarily nonpathogenic, but one species, Chilomastix mesnili, may be an occasional cause of diarrhea in children.
[chilo- + G. mastix, whip]