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Anti-protist or antiprotistal refers to an anti-parasitic and anti-infective agent which is active against protists. Unfortunately due to the long ingrained usage of the term antiprotozoal, the two terms are confused, when in fact protists are a supercategory. Therefore, there are protists that are not protozoans.[1][2] Beyond "animal-like" (heterotrophic, including parasitic) protozoans, protists also include the "plant-like" (autotrophic) protophyta and the "fungi-like" saprophytic molds. In current biology, the concept of a "protist" and its three subdivisions has been replaced.[3]

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  1. ^ Jeffrey C. Pommerville (2014). Fundamentals of Microbiology. Jones & Bartlett Publishers. pp. 824–. ISBN 978-1-4496-4796-4.
  2. ^ Jeffrey C. Pommerville; I. Edward Alcamo (15 January 2012). Alcamo's Fundamentals of Microbiology: Body systems edition. Jones & Bartlett Publishers. pp. 848–. ISBN 978-1-4496-0594-0.
  3. ^ Scamardella JM (1999). "Not plants or animals: A brief history of the origin of Kingdoms Protozoa, Protista, and Protoctista" (PDF). International Microbiology. 2 (4): 207–221. PMID 10943416.

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