trichocyst

noun
tricho·​cyst | \ ˈtri-kə-ˌsist How to pronounce trichocyst (audio) \

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trichocyst. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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trichocyst

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

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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