oocyst

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From oo- +‎ cyst.

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oocyst (plural oocysts)

  1. (mycology) A reproductive cell in certain fungi. [from 19th c.]
  2. (biology) A thick-walled structure of a parasitic protozoan, that develops into sporozoite. [from 20th c.]
    • 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society 2016, p. 453:
      Ross had found in the stomach wall of an Anopheles mosquito the oocysts (eggs) which are the intermediate stage of the Plasmodium life cycle.

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