oocyst

noun
oo·​cyst | \ ˈō-ə-ˌsist How to pronounce oocyst (audio) \

Definition of oocyst

: zygote specifically : a sporozoan zygote undergoing sporogenous development

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Their eggs—known as oocysts—can survive in soil, smeared onto foliage, and floating in seawater for months up to years at a time. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 The water bureau detected 12 oocysts of the parasite in 2,200 liters of water from January 1 to March 8, according to the state's letter. Jessica Floum, OregonLive.com, "Parasite levels in Portland's drinking water surpass state limits, will cost city at least $90M," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of oocyst

1875, in the meaning defined above

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oocyst

noun
oo·​cyst | \ ˈō-ə-ˌsist How to pronounce oocyst (audio) \

Medical Definition of oocyst

: zygote specifically : a sporozoan zygote undergoing sporogenous development

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