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

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1859

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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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