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Sporozoa

[spawr-uh-zoh-uh, spohr-]
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noun
  1. the protist phylum (or animal class) comprising the sporozoans.
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Origin of Sporozoa

From New Latin; see origin at sporo-, -zoa
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Examples from the Web for sporozoa

Historical Examples

  • The Sporozoa vary greatly in appearance, organization and life-history.

    Insects and Diseases

    Rennie W. Doane

  • The class Sporozoa is divided into five small groups or orders.

    Insects and Diseases

    Rennie W. Doane

  • (b) Others were very sluggish, the parasitic Sporozoa, like the malaria organism which the mosquito introduces into man's body.

  • In some instances the parasite is always present in the host and some hosts may harbor several different species of Sporozoa.

    Insects and Diseases

    Rennie W. Doane

  • The great class of the Protozoa furnish amoebae, members of Sporozoa and Infusoria.


sporozoa in Medicine

Sporozoa

(spôr′ə-zōə)
n.
  1. A large class of parasitic protozoa, most of which reproduce sexually and asexually in alternate generations by means of spores. They are frequently transmitted by bloodsucking insects to different hosts, where they cause many serious diseases, such as malaria and coccidiosis.
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