coccidium


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coc·cid·i·um

 (kŏk-sĭd′ē-əm)
n. pl. coc·cid·i·a (-ē-ə)
Any of various parasitic apicomplexan protozoans that cause diseases such as toxoplasmosis in the digestive tract of vertebrates. Also called coccidian.

[New Latin Coccidium, former genus name : coccus + -idium, diminutive suff. (from Greek -idion).]

coccidium

(kɒkˈsɪdɪəm)
n
(Zoology) any parasitic protozoan of the order Coccidia
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Noun1.coccidium - parasitic on the digestive epithelium of vertebrates and higher invertebrates
sporozoan - parasitic spore-forming protozoan
Coccidia, order Coccidia - an order in the subclass Telosporidia
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Since then, the coccidium has been found in additional introduced populations of H.
Seeber's teacher, Wernicke, named the organism Coccidium seeberia after the protozoal subdivision Coccidia and his pupil, Guillermo Seeber (2).