trichocyst

noun
tricho·cyst | \ˈtri-kə-ˌsist \

Definition of trichocyst 

: any of the minute lassoing or stinging organelles of protozoans and especially of many ciliates

First Known Use of trichocyst

1859, in the meaning defined above

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trichocyst

noun
tricho·cyst | \ˈtrik-ə-ˌsist \

Medical Definition of trichocyst 

: any of the minute projectile organs that release adhesive threads when discharged and that occur on the body of protozoans and especially of many ciliates

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