Definition of oocyst in English:

oocyst

Line breaks: oo|cyst
Pronunciation: /ˈəʊəsɪst
 
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noun

Zoology
A cyst containing a zygote formed by a parasitic protozoan such as the malaria parasite.
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  • The goal of this study was to compare the effects of malaria oocysts and sporozoites on the two mechanisms that could affect the mosquito's biting rate: motivation and efficiency.
  • Once T. gondii has bred in the brain of a cat that has ingested an infected rat, the parasite's oocysts are expelled with the cat's feces.
  • These parasites are transmitted via oocysts that are excreted with the feces of the host.

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