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Pronunciation: pen'ta-trik'o-mo'nas, pen'ta-tri-kom'o-nas

Definition: A genus of parasitic protozoan flagellates, formerly part of the genus Trichomonas but now separated as a distinct genus by the presence of five anterior flagella and a granular parabasal body. The species Pentatrichomonas hominis lives as a commensal in the colon of humans and other primates, dogs, cats, oxen, and various rodents.

[penta- + Trichomonas]

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