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- n. An individual of the infusoria
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the Infusoria; an infusorial animalcule.
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Further, we find in those subterraneous waters a species of the sun infusorium (_Actinophrys_), which is especially frequent in the mines of Klausthal.
Up to that time the chief aim in the classification of the animal kingdom was to arrange all the animals from lowest to highest, from the infusorium to man, in one long and continuous series.
Every animal that has only one cell-nucleus, every amoeba, every gregarina, every infusorium, is unicellular, and remains unicellular whatever variety of matter it feeds on.
Ehrenberg calculated that a single infusorium might make a cube of rock!
"conduct in general," the conduct of an "infusorium or a cephalopod," or even of wind-mills or water-wheels, it is not surprising if the authority of the moral law seems to be undermined, and that "devout souls" are apprehensive of the results of science.
The most numerous of the compounds of the human aggregate are known to physiology as microbes, bacteria, and bacilli; but amongst them our microscopes discover only comparative monsters, "those that are to the ordinary infinitesimal organisms as the elephant is to the invisible infusorium." [
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