gametocyte

noun
ga·me·to·cyte | \gə-ˈmē-tə-ˌsīt \

Definition of gametocyte 

: a cell (as of a protozoan causing malaria) that divides to produce gametes

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But the dye also kills the malaria parasites in the gametocyte stage, the point at which mosquitoes pick it up from human blood and pass it on to new victims. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "Promising Malaria Drug Has a Striking Drawback: Blue Urine," 9 Feb. 2018 Dutch, American and Malian scientists working in Ouélessébougou, Mali, found that adding methylene blue to a typical treatment regimen cleared gametocytes from the bloodstream within two days. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "Promising Malaria Drug Has a Striking Drawback: Blue Urine," 9 Feb. 2018 Most malaria drugs do not target gametocytes, meaning that someone may still spread the disease for a week or more after treatment. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "Promising Malaria Drug Has a Striking Drawback: Blue Urine," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of gametocyte

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gametocyte

gameto- + -cyte

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gametocyte

noun
ga·me·to·cyte | \gə-ˈmēt-ə-ˌsīt \

Medical Definition of gametocyte 

: a cell (as of a protozoan causing malaria) that divides to produce gametes

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