Definition of trichomonad in English:

trichomonad

Line breaks: tricho|monad
Pronunciation: /ˌtrɪkə(ʊ)ˈmɒnad
 
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noun

Zoology & Medicine
  • A parasitic protozoan with four to six flagella and an undulating membrane, infesting the urogenital or digestive system.
    • Order Trichomonadida, phylum Parabasilia, kingdom Protista
    More example sentences
    • The absence of functional mitochondria in protists such as trichomonads suggests that they diverged from other eukaryotes prior to the alpha-proteobacterial symbiosis that led to mitochondria.
    • The mobile clinic's microscope is not state-of-the-art, but it was clear enough to see the hyperactive flagellated trichomonads scurrying around the field.
    • However, published data for hydrogenosomes in trichomonads, ciliates, and chytrid fungi are consistent with them sharing common ancestry with mitochondria.

Derivatives

trichomonal

adjective
More example sentences
  • The incidence of trichomonal vaginitis is decreasing in most industrialized countries.
  • We analyzed the 850 patients with gonococcal, ureaplasmal, chlamydial, trichomonal, and mixed urethritis.
  • The traditional method of diagnosing trichomonal infections is a wet mount microscopic examination of vaginal secretions in saline.

Origin

mid 19th century: from modern Latin Trichomonadida (plural), from Greek thrix, trikh- 'hair' + monas, monad- 'unit'.

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