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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: o'o-ki'net, -ki'net'


The motile zygote of the malarial organism that penetrates the mosquito stomach to form an oocyst under the outer gut lining; the contents of the oocyst subsequently divide to produce numerous sporozoites.

Synonym(s): vermicule2

[G. oon, egg, + kinetos, motile]

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