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rhoptry

Pronunciation: rop'tre, -tres

Definition: Electron-dense club-shaped, tubular or saccular organelles, extending back from the anterior end of sporozoites and other stages of certain sporozoans in the subphylum Apicomplexa.

Synonym(s): paired organelles, toxoneme

[G. rhopalon, club]

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