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Pronunciation: sil'e-of'o-ra

Definition: A phylum of protozoa that includes the abundant free-living ciliates and the sessile suctorians; formerly classified as a subphylum of the phylum Protozoa.

Synonym(s): ciliates, Ciliata

Synonym(s): Ciliata

[cilio- + G. phoros, bearing]

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