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infection with protozoa of the genus Sarcocystis; in humans it is usually asymptomatic but may be manifested either by muscle cysts associated with myositis or myocarditis or by intestinal infection. It is usually transmitted by the eating of raw or undercooked beef or pork containing sporocysts of the parasites or by ingestion of sporocysts from the feces of an infected animal, usually in contaminated soil.
sarcosporidiosis/sar·co·spo·rid·i·o·sis/ (sahr″ko-spor-id″e-o´sis) sarcocystosis.
sarcosporidiosis(săr″kō-spō-rĭd″ē-ō′sĭs) [″ + ″ + osis, condition]
Infestation with organisms of the order Sarcosporidia or the condition produced by them.
the condition observed at meat inspection in which lesions caused by Sarcocystis spp. are observed. See also sarcocystosis.