Hypnocyst Hyp"no*cyst, n. [Gr. ? sleep + E. cyst.] (Biol.) A cyst in which some unicellular organisms temporarily inclose themselves, from which they emerge unchanged, after a period of drought or deficiency of food. In some instances, a process of spore formation seems to occur within such cysts. [1913 Webster]

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  • hypnocyst — A quiescent or “sleeping” cyst; an encysted protozoon, the reproductive activity of which is in abeyance. [hypno + G. kystis, bladder (cyst)] * * * hyp·no·cyst (hipґno sist) [hypno + cyst] a quiescent parasitic cyst; see …   Medical dictionary

  • hypnocyst — hyp·no·cyst …   English syllables

  • hypnocyst — ˈhipnəˌsist noun Etymology: hypn + cyst 1. : hypnospore 2. : an encysted form by which various protozoans resist adverse conditions (as cold or drought) …   Useful english dictionary

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