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(invertebrate zoology)
The encysted zygote of some Sporozoa.



one of the stages in the development of protozoans of the class Sporozoa. The oocyst forms as a result of the encyst-ment of a fertilized egg cell. It is covered with a strong protective membrane. The contents of the oocyst generally divide into several nonmotile spores (in Coccidia) or motile sporozoites (in Gregarinidia). In Hemosporidia the oocyst produces thousands of sporozoites, which subsequently leave the oocyst.

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oocysts are required to infect a child, for obvious reasons, a study that was conducted with pigs found that a single oocyst was sufi[logical not]cient to cause infection in 13 of 14 experimentally infected pigs," the authors wrote.
parvum is probably present in every domestic horse herd in the world with asymptomatic infections and prolonged oocyst excretion by adult horses recognized as a major and continuous source of environmental contamination [15].
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We were unable to obtain the number of sporozoites formed in the oocyst.
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The approach considered in this report is to quantify and type oocyst sources in watersheds and compare those with isolates from human patients.