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Pronunciation: fi'to-mas'ti-gof'o-re'a

Definition: A class of the subphylum Mastigophora (flagellates) within the phylum Sarcomastigophora (flagellate and ameboid protozoans), consisting mostly of free-living plantlike flagellates with or without chloroplasts, and usually with one or two flagella.

Synonym(s): Phytomastigophorasida

[phyto- + G. mastix, whip, + phoros, bearing]

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