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schizont

[ skiz-ont, skit-sont ]

noun

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


schizont

/ ˈskɪtsɒnt /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of schizont1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of schizont1

C19: from schizo- + -ont a being, from Greek einai to be

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Example Sentences

When fully grown, the trophozoite (now a schizont) undergoes schizogony.

Once inside a new host-cell, the merozoite grows to a schizont again.

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