[ spawr-uh-sist, spohr- ]
/ ˈspɔr əˌsɪst, ˈspoʊr- /

noun Biology.

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

First recorded in 1860–65; sporo- + -cyst


spo·ro·cys·tic [spawr-uh-sis-tik, spohr-] /ˌspɔr əˈsɪs tɪk, ˌspoʊr-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sporocyst

/ (ˈspɔːrəʊˌsɪst, ˈspɒ-) /


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
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Medical definitions for sporocyst

[ spôrə-sĭst′ ]


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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