haemoflagellatesmedical dictionary

Protozoan flagellates in the family Trypanosomatidae that are parasitic in the blood of many species of domestic and wild animals and birds, and of humans; they include the genera Leishmania and Trypanosoma, several species of which are important pathogens.

Origin: haemo-+ L. Flagellum, dim. Of flagrum, a whip

American spelling: hemoflagellates

(05 Mar 2000)