Definition of Paramecium

1. Noun. Any member of the genus Paramecium.

Exact synonyms: Paramecia
Generic synonyms: Ciliate, Ciliated Protozoan, Ciliophoran
Group relationships: Genus Paramecium

Definition of Paramecium

1. Noun. (zoology) An oval-shaped protozoan organism of the genus (spelink Paramecium). ¹

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Definition of Paramecium

1. [n -CIA or -CIUMS]

Medical Definition of Paramecium

1. Genus of ciliate protozoans. The slipper animalcule is cigar shaped, covered in rows of cilia and about 250 um long. Free swimming, common in freshwater ponds, feeds on bacteria and other particles. Reproduces asexually by binary fission and sexually by conjugation involving the exchange of micronuclei. See: kappa particle. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Paramecium

paramaleic
paramaleic acid
paramalic
paramalic acid
paramammary lymph nodes
paramania
paramaniac
paramaniacs
paramanias
paramastigote
paramastoid
paramastoid process
paramatta
paramattas
paramecia
paramecium tetraurelia
parameciums
paramedian
paramedian incision
paramedic
paramedical
paramedicals
paramedicine
paramedicines
paramedics
paramelaconite
paramendozavilite
parament

Literary usage of Paramecium

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1. Behavior of the Lower Organisms by Herbert Spencer Jennings (1906)
"¬ĽOne of the commonest and best known of the infusoria is paramecium, ... The behavior of paramecium has been studied more than that of any other ..."

2. Foundations of Biology by Lorande Loss Woodruff (1922)
"But periodically paramecium undergoes an internal nuclear reorganization process ... paramecium thus affords some idea of the complexities of structure and ..."

3. Biological Bulletin by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) (1918)
"... o and b) have advocated the view that it is a sine qua non in the life of paramecium, that it is a rejuvenating process analogous to the similar process ..."

4. A Text-book of Biology for Students in General, Medical and Technical Courses by William Martin Smallwood (1918)
"paramecium is found in both salt and fresh water and cannot live in any ... paramecium is not found in all fresh water. Ordinary drinking-water does not ..."

5. Report (1905)
"Then a single individual (not an ex-conjugant) was isolated from a flourishing "wild" culture of paramecium and transferred to some of this "standard" ..."

6. An Introduction to Zoology by Robert William Hegner (1910)
"Since paramecium swims with the slender but blunt end foremost, we are able to distinguish this as the anterior end. The opposite end, which is thicker but ..."

7. College zoology by Robert William Hegner (1918)
"Some investigators believe that paramecium passes through a life cycle containing three distinct stages. ... paramecium is a typical member of the class. ..."

8. An Introduction to Zoology by Robert William Hegner (1910)
"Since paramecium swims with the slender but blunt end foremost, we are able to distinguish this as the anterior end. The opposite end, which is thicker but ..."

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