An example of a protist is the group of microscopic organisms that cause maleria.
Origin of protist; from Classical Greek pr?tistos, first ; from pr?tos, first: see proto-
Origin of protistFrom New Latin Pr&omacron;tista, former kingdom name, from Greek pr&omacron;tista, neuter pl. of pr&omacron;tistos, the very first, superlative of pr&omacron;tos, first; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
- (microbiology) Any of the eukaryotic unicellular organisms including protozoans, slime molds and some algae; historically grouped into the kingdom Protoctista.
- single celled eukaryotes + prokaryotes + sponges [to 1959]
- single-celled eukaryotes + prokaryotes [1959 - 1969]
- single celled eukaryotes [1969 - ]