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Pronunciation: tok'so-plaz-mat'i-de

Definition: A family of coccidian sporozoa including the genera Toxoplasma and Frankelia, characterized by endodyogeny and by the presence of cysts (sometimes termed pseudocysts) containing bradyzoites in parenteral cells of the host; schizonts and gamonts are produced in intestinal cells, and gamonts give rise to oocysts. Final hosts of Toxoplasma are cats and other felids; final hosts of Frankelia are unknown.

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