cytopharynx

cytopharynx
An organelle in certain flagellates and ciliates that serves as a gullet through which food material passes from the cytostome to the cell interior; food passed is collected in food vacuoles, into which digestive enzymes are secreted.

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cy·to·phar·ynx -'far-iŋ(k)s n a channel leading from the surface into the protoplasm of some unicellular organisms and functioning in ciliates as a gullet

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cy·to·phar·ynx (si″to-farґinks) [cyto- + pharynx] a nonciliated gullet-like canal between the cytostome and the endoplasm of ciliate and certain other protozoa. See also cytopharyngeal apparatus, under apparatus.

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