Definition of Coccidium
1. Noun. Parasitic on the digestive epithelium of vertebrates and higher invertebrates.
Definition of Coccidium
1. a parasitic protozoan [n -DIA]
Medical Definition of Coccidium
1. Common name given to protozoan parasites (order Eucoccidiida) in which schizogony occurs within epithelial cells, generally in the intestine, but in some species in the bile ducts and kidney; the final product of sexual fusion and differentiation that occurs within the host, the oocyst, generally passes to the soil in the faeces, undergoes sporulation, and then acts as the infective form for another host. Coccidia are parasitic in most domestic and wild birds and mammals, occasionally in man, and are highly host-specific; the majority are nonpathogenic, but certain species rank among the most serious and economically important pathogens, causing coccidiosis in birds and mammals. See: Eimeria, Isospora. Origin: Mod. L. Dim. Of G. Kokkos, berry (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Coccidium
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Text-book of General Pathology and Pathological Anatomy by Richard Thoma (1896)
"As the coccidium perforans is never found along with the larger form, ... coccidium perforans passes through all the stages of its division in the intestine ..."
2. The Animal Parasites of Man: A Handbook for Students and Medical Men by Maximilian Gustav Christian Carl Braun, Pauline Falcke, Louis Westenra Sambon, Frederick Vincent Theobald (1908)
"coccidium hominis (Riv.) in sporulation. (After Riek.) The coccidia observed in the intestine of the horse, goat, ox, sheep, pig, mole, marmot, ..."
3. Veterinary Bacteriology: A Treatise on the Bacteria, Yeasts, Molds, and by Robert Earle Buchanan (1911)
"The life-history is typical for coccidium as outlined above. The adult coccidial cyst is oval or ellipsoidal. It measures about 14 by 21 p. Pathogenesis. ..."
4. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1918)
"OTHER PATHOGENIC PROTOZOA Among other pathogenic sporozoa may be mentioned coccidium cuniculi, a very common parasite in rabbits, where it is found ..."