- a walled body resulting from the multiple division of a sporozoan, which produces one or more sporozoites.
- a stage in development of trematodes that gives rise, asexually, to cercaria.
Origin of sporocyst
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Here the embryo sheds its ciliated integument and is transformed into a sporocyst.
Within this snail—Linnæa truncatula—the egg develops into a sac-like body, called a sporocyst.Stories of the Universe: Animal Life
We sometimes find the cercarian age passed over, and the young distomes appear abundantly without tails in the sporocyst.
We may give more than one description of the distomian embryo as it leaves its sporocyst.
When stripped of their swimming tunic, these young distomes have the form of a bag, which for a long time was called a sporocyst.
- a thick-walled rounded structure produced by sporozoan protozoans, in which sporozoites are formed
- the saclike larva of a trematode worm that produces redia larvae by asexual reproduction
- any similar structure containing spores
- A larval form in many trematode flatworms that develops in the body of its molluscan intermediate host.
- A secondary cyst that develops from a sporoblast and produces within itself one or several sporozoites.
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