merozoite

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

(in the asexual reproduction of certain sporozoans) a cell developed from a schizont that parasitizes a red blood cell in the host.

Nearby words

  1. merosmia,
  2. merosystolic,
  3. merotomy,
  4. merovingian,
  5. merovingians,
  6. merozygote,
  7. meroë,
  8. merriam,
  9. merrick,
  10. merrick, david

Origin of merozoite

First recorded in 1895–1900; mero- + zo- + -ite1

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British Dictionary definitions for merozoite

merozoite

/ (ˌmɛrəʊˈzəʊaɪt) /

noun

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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Medicine definitions for merozoite

merozoite

[ mĕr′ə-zōīt ]

n.

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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