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Pronunciation: ok'to-mit'i-de

Definition: A family in the protozoan class Zoomastigophorea; flagellates with six to eight flagella arranged in pairs and a body that is bilaterally symmetric; it includes the common human intestinal parasite Giardia lamblia.

[octo- + G. mitos, thread]

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