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Pronunciation: pe-rit'ri-kus


  1. Relating to cilia or other appendicular organs projecting from the periphery of a cell.
  2. Having flagella uniformly distributed over a cell; used especially with reference to bacteria.

Synonym(s): peritrichal, peritrichate, peritrichic

[peri- + G. thrix, hair]

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