[spawr-uh-zoh-uh n, spohr-]
- any parasitic spore-forming protozoan of the phylum (or class) Sporozoa, several species of which, as plasmodia, cause malaria.
- Also spo·ro·zo·al. belonging or pertaining to the Sporozoa.
Origin of sporozoan
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- any parasitic protozoan of the phylum Apicomplexa (or Sporozoa), characterized by a complex life cycle, part of which is passed in the cells of the host, and the production of asexual spores: includes the malaria parasiteSee plasmodium (def. 2)
- of or relating to sporozoans
- An organism of the class Sporozoa.
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- Any of numerous parasitic protozoans now classified as apicomplexans.
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