crithidia

noun

cri·​thid·​ia krə-ˈthid-ē-ə How to pronounce crithidia (audio)
1
capitalized : a genus of flagellates of the family Trypanosomatidae that are exclusively parasites of invertebrates especially in the digestive tract of insects and that occur typically as elongated forms morphologically like trypanosomes but pass through developmental stages all in a single host in which they are indistinguishable from typical leptomonas and leishmanias
2
a
: any flagellate of the genus Crithidia
b
: any flagellate of the family Trypanosomatidae when exhibiting a typical form of a crithidia

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“Crithidia.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/crithidia. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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