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[trof-uh-zoh-ahyt, troh-fuh-]
noun Zoology.
  1. a protozoan in the metabolically active growth stage.
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Origin of trophozoite

First recorded in 1905–10; tropho- + -zo(on) + -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for trophozoite


  1. the form of a sporozoan protozoan in the feeding stage. In the malaria parasite this stage occurs in the human red blood cellCompare merozoite
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trophozoite in Medicine


  1. The asexual form of certain sporozoans, such as the schizont of the plasmodia of malaria and related parasites.
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