- (in the asexual reproduction of certain sporozoans) a cell developed from a schizont that parasitizes a red blood cell in the host.
Origin of merozoite
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Once inside a new host-cell, the merozoite grows to a schizont again.
- any of the cells formed by fission of a schizont during the life cycle of sporozoan protozoans, such as the malaria parasiteCompare trophozoite
C20: from mero- + zo (o) + -ite 1
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- A protozoan cell that arises from the schizogony of a parent sporozoan and may enter either the asexual or sexual phase of the life cycle.
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