• IPA: /ˈproʊtɪst/

protist (plural protists)

  1. (microbiology) Any of the eukaryotic unicellular organisms including protozoans, slime molds and some algae; historically grouped into the kingdom Protoctista.
    1. single-celled eukaryotes, prokaryotes and sponges [to 1959]
    2. single-celled eukaryotes and prokaryotes [1959–1969]
    3. single-celled eukaryotes [since 1969]
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