sporozoan

noun
spo·​ro·​zo·​an | \ ˌspȯr-ə-ˈzō-ən How to pronounce sporozoan (audio) \

Definition of sporozoan

: any of a large class (Sporozoa) of strictly parasitic nonmotile protozoans that have a complex life cycle usually involving both asexual and sexual generations often in different hosts and include important pathogens (such as malaria parasites and babesias)

Other Words from sporozoan

sporozoan adjective

First Known Use of sporozoan

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sporozoan

New Latin Sporozoa, from spor- + -zoa

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“Sporozoan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sporozoan. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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sporozoan

noun
spo·​ro·​zo·​an | \ ˌspōr-ə-ˈzō-ən, ˌspȯr- How to pronounce sporozoan (audio) \

Medical Definition of sporozoan

: any protozoan of the class Sporozoa

Other Words from sporozoan

sporozoan adjective

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