Definition of Trichocyst

1. n. A lasso cell.



Definition of Trichocyst

1. Noun. A threadlike organ in certain protozoans that can be discharged suddenly in order to grasp or sting ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Trichocyst

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Trichocyst

1. Small membrane bounded vesicle lying below the pellicle of many ciliates. Fusion of the trichocyst with the plasma membrane occurs at a predictable site which can therefore be examined for membrane specialisation. (19 Jan 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Trichocyst

trichlorphon
trichlorphons
trichlors
tricho-
trichobezoar
trichobezoars
trichoblast
trichoblasts
trichobothria
trichobothrium
trichobranchia
trichobranchiae
trichochrome
trichoclasia
trichocryptosis
trichocyst (current term)
trichocysts
trichoderma
trichodermin
trichodermin esterase
trichodesmium
trichodiene synthetase
trichodiscoma
trichodynia
trichoepithelioma
trichoepitheliomas
trichoesthesia
trichofolliculoma
trichogen

Literary usage of Trichocyst

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on Zoology by Edwin Ray Lankester (1903)
"... each armed at its extremity with a large trichocyst. O'l. Fio. ... Each tentacle bears at its extremity a trichocyst. m, ..."

2. The Unity of the Organism; Or, The Organismal Conception of Life by William Emerson Ritter (1919)
"The first produces the axial rod of the future trichocyst, while the latter, ... 7 Four stages in the development of a trichocyst are shown in figure ..."

3. The Unity of the Organism; Or, The Organismal Conception of Life by William Emerson Ritter (1919)
"The first produces the axial rod of the future trichocyst, while the ... 7 Four stages in the development of a trichocyst are shown in figure 21 a, b, c, d. ..."

4. Design in Nature: Illustrated by Spiral and Other Arrangements in the by James Bell Pettigrew (1908)
"Shows radiation and division of surface, n, Mouth ; ft, anus ; c, cilia ; </, trichocyst ; e, contractile vesicle; /, medulla ; g, curt ex ; h, ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"... a definite spiral muscle, while nettling bodies (trichocyst), like minute rods, in rare cases occur, and arc supposed to be defensive in their nature. ..."

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