Definition of Hexamita
1. Noun. Flagellates free-living or parasitic in intestines of birds.
Generic synonyms: Protoctist Genus
Group relationships: Order Polymastigina, Polymastigina
Medical Definition of Hexamita
1. A genus of protozoan flagellates (order Diplomonadida, class Zoomastigophorea), related to Giardia; they are parasitic in the small intestine of many gallinaceous birds and of certain mammals. Hexamita meleagridis is a species that occurs in the turkey, peafowl, pheasant, quail, and Chukkar partridge; it is most pathogenic in turkeys, causing outbreaks of hexamitiasis. Origin: hexa-+ G. Mitos, thread (05 Mar 2000)
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hexamita
Literary usage of Hexamita
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. A Manual of the Infusoria: Including a Description of All Known Flagellate ...by William Saville Kent by William Saville Kent (1882)
"Hexamita INFLATA, Duj., vol. ip 319 (56-58 after Stein).—56, normal adult animalcule, x 650 ; 57, animalcule about to divide by longitudinal fission ; 58, ..."
2. Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science edited by Biologists Limited, The Company of. (1879)
"Dujardin has described three forms of this characteristic genus, which he has called Hexamita, from the sextuple arrangement of the flagella. ..."
3. Fresh-water Biology by Henry Baldwin Ward, George Chandler Whipple (1918)
"57 (56) With all four flagella directed forward 58 58 (59) Body ellipsoidal, with two thread-like processes at the posterior end Hexamita Dujardin. ..."
4. Mammalian Models for Research on Aging by Bennett J. Cohen, Institute Of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Research Council Staff (1981)
"Some species of parasitic infection, such as pinworms and Spironucleus (Hexamita) are still common in conventional mice purchased from many animal vendors. ..."
5. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania by Royal Society of Tasmania (1882)
"... genus Hexamita. Though the more abundant evidence since adduced has sufficed to demonstrate that it belongs essentially to the ..."
6. The Popular Science Review: A Quarterly Miscellany of Entertaining and (1880)
"The typical representative of this genus, Hexamita intestinalis (PI. VII. figs. 18-20), occurs abundantly in that prolific hunting-ground for parasitic ..."