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Pronunciation: ko'an-o-mas'ti-got

Definition: A term, in the series used to describe developmental stages of the parasitic flagellates, denoting the “barleycorn” form of the flagellate in the genus Crithidia characterized by a collarlike extension surrounding the anterior and through which the single flagellum emerges.

Synonym(s): choanoflagellate, collared flagellate

[G. choane, a funnel, + mastix, whip]

See Also: amastigote, epimastigote, promastigote, trypomastigote

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