hypnocyst definition

  • noun:
    • A cyst where some unicellular organisms temporarily enclose by themselves, from where they emerge unchanged, over time of drought or deficiency of meals.
    • A cyst in which some unicellular organisms temporarily inclose by themselves, from which they emerge unchanged, after a period of drought or lack of food. In some instances, an activity of spore development appears to happen within these types of cysts.
    • A sleeping cyst; a quiescent encysted protozoan which doesn't sporulate.
    • In botany, same as akinete.
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