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dinoflagellate

Pronunciation: di'no-flaj'e-lat

Definition: A plantlike flagellate of the subclass Phytomastigophorea, some species of which (Karenia brevis) produce a potent neurotoxin that may cause severe food intoxication following ingestion of parasitized shellfish.

[G. dinos, whirling, + L. flagellum, a whip]

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