coccidium

noun
coc·​cid·​i·​um | \ käk-ˈsi-dē-əm How to pronounce coccidium (audio) \
plural coccidia\ käk-​ˈsi-​dē-​ə How to pronounce coccidia (audio) \

Definition of coccidium

: any of an order (Coccidia) of protozoans usually parasitic in the digestive epithelium of vertebrates

First Known Use of coccidium

circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coccidium

New Latin, diminutive of coccus

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“Coccidium.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coccidia. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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