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sporulation

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The process by which immature (noninfective) coccidian oocysts develop into the mature, infective form. The conditions and setting in which sporulation occurs varies among coccidian parasites. For example, Cryptosporidium oocysts have already sporulated by the time they are shed in feces. In contrast, Cyclospora oocysts must mature in the environment (outside the host), under favorable conditions, to become infective to someone else.

(Also see "coccidian" and "oocyst.")

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