Definition of mycetocyte in English:

mycetocyte

noun

Entomology
  • Any of the large cells found in certain insects, especially homopteran bugs and bird lice, which contain symbiotic microorganisms, usually yeasts or bacteria, and sometimes form a distinct organ (a mycetome).

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From myceto- + -cyte, after German Mycetocyt.

Pronunciation

mycetocyte

/mʌɪˈsiːtə(ʊ)sʌɪt/