A quiescent or “sleeping” cyst; an encysted protozoon, the reproductive activity of which is in abeyance. [hypno- + G. kystis, bladder (cyst)]

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hyp·no·cyst (hipґno-sist) [hypno- + cyst] a quiescent parasitic cyst; see cyst (def. 2).

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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