Origin of protozoan; from Modern Latin Protozoa, name of the subkingdom (see proto- and amp; -zoa) + -an
nounpl. pro·to·zo·ans or pro·to·zo·a also pro·to·zo·ons
Origin of protozoanFrom New Latin Pr&omacron;toz&omacron;a, former subkingdom name : proto– + -z&omacron;a, pl. of -z&omacron;on, -zoon.
- pro′to·zo′an, pro′to·zo′al, pro′to·zo′ic
- (cytology) Any of the diverse group of eukaryotes, of the phylum Protozoa, that are primarily unicellular, existing singly or aggregating into colonies, are usually nonphotosynthetic, and are often classified further into phyla according to their capacity for and means of motility, as by pseudopods, flagella, or cilia.
- Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a protozoan.
From New Latin Protozoa +"Ž -an