Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sleeping cyst; a quiescent encysted protozoan which does not sporulate.
  • noun In botany, same as akinete.

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

  • noun (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 formation seems to occur within such cysts.

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  • noun biology A cyst in which some unicellular organisms temporarily enclose themselves, from which they emerge unchanged, after a period of drought or deficiency of food.

Etymologies

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hypno- +‎ cyst

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