[ spawr-uh-zoh-uhn, spohr- ]
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  1. any parasitic spore-forming protozoan of the phylum (or class) Sporozoa, several species of which, as plasmodia, cause malaria.

  1. Also spo·ro·zo·al. belonging or pertaining to the Sporozoa.

Origin of sporozoan

First recorded in 1885–90; Sporozo(a) + -an

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British Dictionary definitions for sporozoan


/ (ˌspɔːrəˈzəʊən, ˌspɒ-) /

  1. any parasitic protozoan of the phylum Apicomplexa (or Sporozoa), characterized by a complex life cycle, part of which is passed in the cells of the host, and the production of asexual spores: includes the malaria parasite: See plasmodium (def. 2)

  1. of or relating to sporozoans

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Scientific definitions for sporozoan


[ spôr′ə-zōən ]

  1. Any of numerous parasitic protozoans now classified as apicomplexans.

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