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oocyst

Pronunciation: o'o-sist

Definition: The encysted form of the fertilized macrogamete, or zygote, in coccidian Sporozoea in which sporogonic multiplication occurs; results in the formation of sporozoites, infectious agents for the next stage of the sporozoan life cycle.

[G. oon, egg, + kystis, bladder]

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