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ootype

Pronunciation: o'o-tip

Definition: The central portion of the ovarian complex of trematodes and cestodes in which fertilization takes place and the vitellarian or eggshell materials are coated over the egg; this occurs in a rapid, stamping-mill sequence, after which eggs pass into the uterus for tanning of the shell, storage, and passage toward the genital pore.

[G. oon, egg, + typos, stamp, print]

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