phoront
Encysted stage of a ciliophoran protozoan [Ingle, 1983].

Crustacea glossary. . 2011.

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  • phoront — n. [Gr. phoretos, carry] Any organism mechanically conveyed by another organism; see phoresis …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • phoront — pho·ront (forґont) [Gr. phora producing + ontos being] the encysted stage or form in the life cycle of certain ciliate protozoa, produced by a tomite and developing into a trophont …   Medical dictionary

  • phoresis — n. [Gr. phoreus, carrier] A form of symbiotic relationship when the symbiont, the phoront, is mechanically carried about by its host; neither being physiologically dependent on the other; see phoretic host, transport host …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • tomite — to·mite (toґmīt) [tom + Gr. mitos thread] the free swimming nonfeeding stage or form in the life cycle of certain ciliate protozoa, produced by a tomont and, depending on the species, developing into a phoront, theront, or trophont …   Medical dictionary

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