Definition of coccidia in English:

coccidia

Line breaks: coc|cidia
Pronunciation: /kɒkˈsɪdɪə
 
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noun

Biology
  • Parasitic protozoa of a group that includes those that cause diseases such as coccidiosis and toxoplasmosis.
    • Suborder Eimeriorina, phylum Sporozoa
    More example sentences
    • I tested these hypotheses experimentally in a host-parasite system involving wild turkeys and their intestinal protozoal parasites, the eimerian coccidia.
    • We used fecal egg counts to measure intensity of infection by T. tenuis worms and coccidia.
    • We added the chemical to the drinking water during the pretreatment period to prevent the spread of coccidia, a common endoparasite of house finches.

Derivatives

coccidian

adjective & noun
More example sentences
  • Prevalence and intensity analyses included only strongyle and coccidian parasites.
  • Many studies have highlighted the emergence of important gastrointestinal coccidian parasites.
  • Toxoplasma gondii is a coccidian parasite of cats; humans and other warm-blooded animals serve as intermediate hosts.

Origin

mid 19th century: from modern Latin (former order name), from Greek kokkis, diminutive of kokkos 'berry'.

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