[ mer-uh-zoh-ahyt ]
/ ˌmɛr əˈzoʊ aɪt /


(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

First recorded in 1895–1900; mero- + zo- + -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for merozoite

/ (ˌmɛrəʊˈzəʊaɪt) /


any of the cells formed by fission of a schizont during the life cycle of sporozoan protozoans, such as the malaria parasiteCompare trophozoite

Word Origin for merozoite

C20: from mero- + zo (o) + -ite 1
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Medical definitions for merozoite

[ mĕr′ə-zōīt ]


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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