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coccidium

[ kok-sid-ee-uhm ]

noun

, Microbiology.
, plural coc·cid·i·a [kok-, sid, -ee-, uh].
  1. any sporozoan of the order Coccidia, often parasitic in the digestive tracts of certain animals and a cause of coccidiosis.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of coccidium1

< New Latin Coccidium, originally a genus name; coccus, -idium

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Example Sentences

Infection by Coccidium oviforme is very common, without however presenting any symptoms by which the infection may be recognised.

The generic name Coccidium was introduced by R. Leuckart in 1879, for the parasite of the rabbit.

In one case (Coccidium mitrarium), the oocyst itself, instead of being spherical, is curiously shaped like a mitre.

The spores are generally situated in distinct hollow conceptacles (favellæ, ceramidium, coccidium).

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