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cytostome

Pronunciation: si'to-stom

Definition: The cell “mouth” of certain complex protozoa, usually with a short gullet or cytopharynx leading food into the organism, where it is collected into food vacuoles, then circulated inside the body, eventually to be excreted through the cytopyge.

[cyto- + G. stoma, mouth]

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