[ greg-uh-rahyn, -er-in ]
/ ˈgrɛg əˌraɪn, -ər ɪn /
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for gregarine
/ (ˈɡrɛɡəˌriːn, -rɪn) /
any parasitic protozoan of the order Gregarinida, typically occurring in the digestive tract and body cavity of other invertebrates: phylum Apicomplexa (sporozoans)
adjective Also: gregarinian (ˌɡrɛɡəˈrɪnɪən)
of, relating to, or belonging to the Gregarinida
Word Origin for gregarine
C19: from New Latin Gregarīna genus name, from Latin gregārius; see gregarious
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Medicine definitions for gregarine
[ grĕg′ə-rīn′ ]
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.
Related formsgreg′a•rin′i•an (-rĭn′ē-ən) adj.
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