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Protist Vocabulary

autotroph an organism that can make its own food
bacteria a prokaryotic microorganism
cilia small hair-like projections used for movement and to obtain food by ciliate protozoans
colony a group of individual organisms living together
decomposer organisms that eat decaying materials and help to return necessary elements to the environment
eukaryotic a cell with a nucleus
flagella tiny whiplike structures used in movement and feeding in flagellate protozoans (flagellum is the singular form)
heterotroph an organism that feeds on other organisms
host the organism on which a parasite lives
microorganism an organism that cannot be seen without the use of a microscope
multicellular composed of more than one cell
parasites an organism that lives in or on another organism; may be harmful, helpful, or indifferent to host
prokaryotic a cell without a nucleus
protozoans animal-like members of the kingdom Protista
pseudopod "false foot"; a structure used by amoebas and slime molds for movement
spore tiny cell that can grow into an organism
unicellular composed of only one cell
Created by: harcompton