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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: sar'ko-mas'ti-gof'o-ra

Definition: A phylum of the subkingdom Protozoa characterized by flagella, pseudopodia, or both types of locomotory organelles; includes both the flagellates (subphylum Mastigophora) and the amebae (subphylum Sarcodina) in a single large assemblage.

[sarco- + G. mastix (mastig-), whip, + phoros, to bear]

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