Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The process of becoming or the state of being encysted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Biol.) A process which, among some of the lower forms of life, precedes reproduction by budding, fission, spore formation, etc.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A process by which many internal parasites, esp. in their larval states, become inclosed within a cyst in the muscles, liver, etc. See Trichina.

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  • noun The formation of a cyst
  • noun The process of becoming enclosed by a cyst

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Examples

  • It is common to all of the protozoa to develop forms which have great powers of resistance, this being due in some cases to encystment, in which condition a resistant membrane is formed on the outside, in others to the production of spores.

    Disease and Its Causes

  • The encystment of the protoplasm (occurring under conditions upon which naturalists do not seem agreed [1]) is to all appearance protective from an unfavourable environment, but it is often a period of internal change as well, resulting in a segregation within the mass of numerous small units, followed by a breakup of the whole into these units.

    The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays

  • Weismaun, encystment of protoplasm, 68; length of life and somatic cells, 96; origin of death, 83; tendency to early reproductiveness, 98.

    The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays

  • Tardigrades have five routes which they employ to enter latency: encystment, anoxybiosis, cryobiosis, osmobiosis and anhydrobiosis.

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  • Mycobacteria were further entrapped within amoebal cysts, and survived encystment as demonstrated by subculturing.

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  • Mycobacteria were further entrapped within amoebal cysts, and survived encystment as demonstrated by subculturing.

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  • Mycobacteria were further entrapped within amoebal cysts, and survived encystment as demonstrated by subculturing.

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  • The deficient in the LLO-encoding hly gene L. monocytogenes strain failed to cause mortality among protozoa and to trigger protozoan encystment.

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  • Mycobacteria were further entrapped within amoebal cysts, and survived encystment as demonstrated by subculturing.

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  • Mycobacteria were further entrapped within amoebal cysts, and survived encystment as demonstrated by subculturing.

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  • 'A process which, among some of the lower forms of life, precedes reproduction by budding, fission, spore formation'

    March 31, 2008