trichocyst

noun

tricho·​cyst ˈtri-kə-ˌsist How to pronounce trichocyst (audio)
: any of the minute lassoing or stinging organelles of protozoans and especially of many ciliates

Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trichocyst was in 1859

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“Trichocyst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trichocyst. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

trichocyst

noun
tricho·​cyst ˈtrik-ə-ˌsist How to pronounce trichocyst (audio)
: 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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