Chilomastix

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Chilomastix

a genus of protozoan flagellates parasitic in the large intestine of man and other primates, and in many other mammals, birds, amphibia, and reptiles; it is ordinarily nonpathogenic, but one species, chilomastix mesnili, may be an occasional cause of diarrhoea in children.

Origin: chilo-_ g. Mastix, whip