in certain classifications considered a superphylum or a subkingdom; comprises flagellates; ciliates; sporozoans; amoebas; foraminifers
- the cheapest for the grand divisions of animal kingdom
- The lowest associated with grand divisions of this animal kingdom.
- of Protozoon
A parasitic single-celled system that will divide just within a bunch organism. Like, malaria is due to the protozoa Plasmodium.
1828, from Modern Latin Protozoa, coined 1818 by German zoologist Georg August Goldfuss (1782-1848) from Greek protos "first" (see proto-) + zoia, plural of zoion "animal" (see zoo). Initially including sponges and corals; present feeling is from 1845. Relevant: Protozoon (aingular); Protozoan.
a small grouping of organisms made up of one cell; a one-celled pet
Animals suffer from the ravages of bot flies (Oestridae) and gad flies (Tabanidae); while the tsetse disease is due to the tsetse fly (Glossina morsitans), carrying the protozoa that cause the disease from one horse to another.