(pĕrʹĭ-trĭk´) noun. plural
Any of various protozoans, such as the vorticella, having a wide oral opening surrounded by cilia. [From New Latin Peritrichida, former order name : peri- + Greek thrix, trikh-, hair.]
(pə-rĭtʹrĭ-kəs) adjective. peritrikus
1. Having flagella uniformly distributed over the body surface, as certain bacteria.
2. Having a band of cilia around the mouth, as certain protozoans.
3. Of or relating to peritrichs.