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encyst

Line breaks: en¦cyst
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈsɪst
 
, ɛn-/

Definition of encyst in English:

verb

Zoology
Enclose or become enclosed in a cyst: once the parasite is encysted the fish is heading for death tapeworms are notorious in their ability to encyst in a great variety of hosts
More example sentences
  • While encysted, the glochidia will metamorphose, allowing the organs to develop more like an adult's organs.
  • In all cases reported to date, gordiid larvae have been found encysted in the host tissue.
  • Second, it can encyst inside a daughter sporocyst as a metacercariae, be voided with the sporocyst, and then be consumed by the benthic-feeding definitive host, rosyside dace.

Derivatives

encystation

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • Exposure to bile is the primary stimulus for encystation, where trophozoites transform into cysts that pass out with the feces.
  • Total levels of HSP70 protein were constant during trophozoite growth and encystation.
  • Furthermore, during encystation, Giardia must secrete cyst wall proteins, which are cross-linked by disulfide bonds and are needed for survival in the external environment.

encystment

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Other triggers for encystment include decreasing temperatures, high population density and low light.
  • Here we report on a study of the chromosomal basis of maternal effects on two life-history traits related to encystment in the branchiopod crustacean Artemia franciscana, in which females are heterogametic.
  • Most often encystment occurs in the costoparietal regions, usually along the posterior parietal pleural surface on the right side.

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