Pronunciation: par'a-me'she-um, -se-um
Definition: An abundant genus of freshwater holotrichous ciliates, characteristically slipper-shaped and often large enough to be visible to the naked eye; commonly used for genetic and other studies.
[G. paramekes, rather long, fr. mekos, length]
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