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A refractile substance composed of chromatin, thought to be a nonglycogen food reserve contained within the cytoplasm of certain protozoa; seen in cysts of Entamoeba histolytica as rounded bars or chromatoidal bodies in contrast to the splintery form of chromatoid bodies in cysts of Entamoeba coli.
[chromato- + G. eidos, form]
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chromatoid(krō′mă-toyd) [Gr. chroma, color, + eidos, form, shape]
Staining in the same manner as chromatin.
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