coccidium definition

  • noun:
    • any one of various parasitic protozoans belonging to the order Coccidia and accountable for a disease for the alimentary canal in livestock, fowl, and humans.
    • any sporozoan associated with the order Coccidia, parasitic on the digestive epithelium of vertebrates and greater invertebrates. It's the causative representative of coccidiosis, which are often a challenge in poultry rearing.
    • Pl. coccidia (-ä). In botany, a name given by Harvey to a type of conceptacle present in specific red algæ, borne on lateral limbs, or sessile on the surface of frond, and in most cases not opening by a pore. The spores within are attached to a central placenta.
    • A genus of gregarines.
    • [lowercase] One of the coccidiidea.
    • parasitic on the digestive epithelium of vertebrates and higher invertebrates

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