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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of encyst.


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  • In this stage it grows into a cercaria which possesses a single opening digestive tract, suckers and a tail, enabling it to leave the snail and seek out the secondary intermediate host, usually an arthropod or a fish, where it encysts, becoming a metacercaria.


  • This snail, common throughout the Orient, is a vector of lung flukes, a parasitic flatworm that encysts in the lungs of livestock, wildlife, and people, causing debilitation and sometimes death.

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  • The embryo next penetrates into the body of certain snails and encysts.

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  • It penetrates the lining membrane of the intestines and encysts in the intestinal wall.

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  • The larva of _Strongylus vulgaris_ enters the blood vessels of the intestinal wall and finally attaches in the great mesenteric artery, where it causes aneurisms; here it transforms to an adult without sexual organs, which passes to the walls of the cecum and encysts, giving rise to small cysts or abscesses; these cysts finally discharge to the interior of the cecum, setting the worms, now mature, at liberty in the lumen of the intestines.

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  • In other species, typically found in temporary ponds, the pre-parasitic larva hatches from an egg, and as the pond begins to dry up it encysts on plant matter.

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  • It either dies due to lack of nourishment or uses an alternate, though less suitable, host in which it encysts but cannot feed.

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