[ spawr-uh-zoh-uhn, spohr- ]
/ ˌspɔr əˈzoʊ ən, ˌspoʊr- /
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any parasitic spore-forming protozoan of the phylum (or class) Sporozoa, several species of which, as plasmodia, cause malaria.
Also spo·ro·zo·al. belonging or pertaining to the Sporozoa.
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British Dictionary definitions for sporozoan
/ (ˌspɔːrəˈzəʊən, ˌspɒ-) /
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)
of or relating to sporozoans
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Medical definitions for sporozoan
[ spôr′ə-zō′ən ]
An organism of the class Sporozoa.
Other words from sporozoanspo′ro•zo′an adj.
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Scientific definitions for sporozoan
[ spôr′ə-zō′ən ]
Any of numerous parasitic protozoans now classified as apicomplexans.
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