[ krə-thĭdē-ə ]


The stage of development of certain flagellate parasites of vertebrates in the insect host, such as the multiplying form of the agent of African sleeping sickness in the tsetse fly.
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Examples from the Web for crithidia

  • The forms which pass into the intestine quickly assume the Crithidia form and continue to develop rapidly under this form.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley