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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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