- a type of sporozoan parasite that inhabits the digestive and other cavities of various invertebrates and produces cysts filled with spores.
- having the characteristics of or pertaining to a gregarine or gregarines.
Origin of gregarine
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- any parasitic protozoan of the order Gregarinida, typically occurring in the digestive tract and body cavity of other invertebrates: phylum Apicomplexa (sporozoans)
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Gregarinida
Word Origin for gregarine
C19: from New Latin Gregarīna genus name, from Latin gregārius; see gregarious
- Any of various sporozoan protozoans of the order Gregarinida that are parasitic within the digestive tracts of various invertebrates.
- Of or belonging to the order Gregarinida.
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