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gregarine

[ greg-uh-rahyn, -er-in ]

noun

  1. a type of sporozoan parasite that inhabits the digestive and other cavities of various invertebrates and produces cysts filled with spores.


adjective

  1. having the characteristics of or pertaining to a gregarine or gregarines.

gregarine

/ -rɪn; ˈɡrɛɡəˌriːn /

noun

  1. any parasitic protozoan of the order Gregarinida, typically occurring in the digestive tract and body cavity of other invertebrates: phylum Apicomplexa (sporozoans)


adjective

  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Gregarinida
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Word History and Origins

Origin of gregarine1

1865–70; < New Latin Gregarina name of type, equivalent to Latin gregār ( ius ) ( gregarious ) + -īna -ine 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of gregarine1

C19: from New Latin Gregarīna genus name, from Latin gregārius; see gregarious
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Example Sentences

These exceedingly small germ-cells afterwards develop into the very different, adult gregarine-cells.

For at last they become an Acinetan or a Gregarine, exactly like the parent-cell from which they arose as embryos.

Gromphadorhina portentosa Protozoan: Undetermined gregarine, p. 184.

A gregarine, Diplocystis, in the haemocoele of the roach, Blaberus craniifer Burm.

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