[ skiz-ont, skit-sont ]
/ ˈskɪz ɒnt, ˈskɪt sɒnt /

noun Biology.

(in the asexual reproduction of certain sporozoans) a cell developed from a trophozoite, which undergoes multiple fission to form merozoites.

Origin of schizont

First recorded in 1895–1900; schiz(o) + -ont Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for schizont


/ (ˈskɪtsɒnt) /


a cell formed from a trophozoite during the asexual stage of the life cycle of sporozoan protozoans, such as the malaria parasite

Word Origin for schizont

C19: from schizo- + -ont a being, from Greek einai to be
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Medicine definitions for schizont


[ skĭzŏnt′, skĭtsŏnt′ ]


A sporozoan cell that reproduces by schizogony, producing a varied number of daughter trophozoites or merozoites.
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