order Coccidia

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Noun1.order Coccidia - an order in the subclass Telosporidia
animal order - the order of animals
subclass Telosporidia, Telosporidia - parasitic sporozoans that form spores containing one or more infective sporozoites
Eimeriidae, family Eimeriidae - a family of protoctist in the order Coccidia
coccidium, eimeria - parasitic on the digestive epithelium of vertebrates and higher invertebrates
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If ever organisms lived up to the label "parasite," it is those belonging to the order Coccidia. Not only do the single-cell protozoans of the Eimeria genus infest the nation's poultry flocks, costing American producers an estimated $600 million-plus annually in medication costs and lost production; they also invade and take shelter in the very cells marshaled by the chicken's immune system to defeat them.