schizont

noun

schiz·​ont ˈski-ˌzänt How to pronounce schizont (audio)
ˈskit-ˌsänt
: a multinucleate sporozoan that reproduces by schizogony

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from German Schizont, from Greek schízein "to split, part, separate" + German -ont -ont — more at shed entry 1

Note: The term was introduced by the German zoologist Fritz Schaudinn (1871-1906) in "Untersuchungen über den Generationswechsel bei Coccidien," Zoologische Jahrbücher. Abtheilung für Anatomie und Ontogenie der Thiere, 13. Band (1900), p. 213.

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of schizont was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Schizont.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schizont. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

schizont

noun
: a multinucleate sporozoan (as a malaria parasite) that reproduces by schizogony

called also agamont, segmenter

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