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protozoan

  

      n   pl   , -zoa   , -zoans  
1      (Also called)    protozoon  
      pl   , -zoa   any of various minute unicellular organisms formerly regarded as invertebrates of the phylum Protozoa but now usually classified in certain phyla of protoctists. Protozoans include flagellates, ciliates, sporozoans, amoebas, and foraminifers  
      adj     (also)   
   protozoic         
2    of or relating to protozoans  
     (C19: via New Latin from Greek proto- + zoion animal)  
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