schizont

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

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

Nearby words

  1. schizoid,
  2. schizoid personality,
  3. schizomycete,
  4. schizomycetes,
  5. schizomycosis,
  6. schizonychia,
  7. schizophasia,
  8. schizophrenia,
  9. schizophrenic,
  10. schizophrenogenic

Origin of schizont

First recorded in 1895–1900; schiz(o) + -ont

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British Dictionary definitions for schizont

schizont

/ (ˈskɪtsɒnt) /

noun

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

schizont

[ skĭzŏnt′, skĭtsŏnt′ ]

n.

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

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