- any sporozoan of the order Coccidia, often parasitic in the digestive tracts of certain animals and a cause of coccidiosis.
Origin of coccidium
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The spores are generally situated in distinct hollow conceptacles (favellæ, ceramidium, coccidium).Sea-Weeds, Shells and Fossils
Infection by Coccidium oviforme is very common, without however presenting any symptoms by which the infection may be recognised.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
In one case (Coccidium mitrarium), the oocyst itself, instead of being spherical, is curiously shaped like a mitre.
- Any of various protozoan parasites belonging to the order Coccidia.
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