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chromatoid

Pronunciation: kro'ma-toyd

Definition: A refractile substance composed of chromatin, thought to be a nonglycogen food reserve contained within the cytoplasm of certain protozoa; seen in cysts of Entamoeba histolytica as rounded bars or chromatoidal bodies in contrast to the splintery form of chromatoid bodies in cysts of Entamoeba coli.

[chromato- + G. eidos, form]

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