sporozoan

[ spawr-uh-zoh-uhn, spohr- ]
/ ˌspɔr əˈzoʊ ən, ˌspoʊr- /

noun

any parasitic spore-forming protozoan of the phylum (or class) Sporozoa, several species of which, as plasmodia, cause malaria.

adjective

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

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Origin of sporozoan

First recorded in 1885–90; Sporozo(a) + -an
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Example sentences from the Web for sporozoan

  • Others suffer more or less from the attacks of various Sporozoan parasites.

    Insects and Diseases|Rennie W. Doane

British Dictionary definitions for sporozoan

sporozoan
/ (ˌspɔːrəˈzəʊən, ˌspɒ-) /

noun

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 parasiteSee plasmodium (def. 2)

adjective

of or relating to sporozoans
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Medical definitions for sporozoan

sporozoan
[ spôr′ə-zōən ]

n.

An organism of the class Sporozoa.

Other words from sporozoan

spo′ro•zoan adj.
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Scientific definitions for sporozoan

sporozoan
[ spôr′ə-zōən ]

Any of numerous parasitic protozoans now classified as apicomplexans.
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