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Protist Vocab


protist A eukaryotic organism that cannot be classified as an animal, plant, or fungus.
protozoan A unicellular, animal-like protist.
pseudopod A “false foot” or temporary bulge of cytoplasm used for feeding and movement in some protozoans.
contractile vacuole The cell structure that collects extra water from the cytoplasm and then expels it from the cell.
cilia Tiny, hairlike projections on the outside of cells that move in a wave-like manner.
algae Plant-like protists.
pigment A colored chemical compound that absorbs light.
spore In bacteria, protists, and fungi, a thick-walled, tiny cell capable of surviving unfavorable conditions and then growing into a new organism.
Created by: lindsaylewiss