paramecium definition

  • noun:
    • any one of different freshwater ciliate protozoans for the genus Paramecium, typically oval and achieving an oral groove for feeding.
    • An oval-shaped protozoan system of the genus Paramecium.
    • the conventional genus of Parameciidæ; the slipper-animalcules, having a soft versatile cuticle and oblique adoral groove. P. bursarium is a good example. Commonly, but incorrectly, Paramæcium or Paramœicium.
    • [lowercase; pl. paramecia (-ä).] A member of this genus.
    • any person in the genus Paramecium

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