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Medical Term:

Chilomastix

Pronunciation: kī′lō-mas′tiks

Definition: A genus of protozoan flagellates parasitic in the large intestine of humans and other primates, and in many other mammals, birds, amphibia, and reptiles; it is ordinarily nonpathogenic, but one species, Chilomastix mesnili, may be an occasional cause of diarrhea in children.

[chilo- + G. mastix, whip]

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