sporozoite

noun
spo·​ro·​zo·​ite | \ ˌspȯr-ə-ˈzō-ˌīt How to pronounce sporozoite (audio) \

Definition of sporozoite

: a usually motile infective form of some sporozoans that is a product of sporogony and initiates an asexual cycle in the new host

Examples of sporozoite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bite of an infected mosquito sends immature parasites called sporozoites into the bloodstream. Lauran Neergaard, Fortune, 17 Jan. 2020 Mosquirix, developed in the 1980s by a team in Belgium at SmithKline-RIT, now part of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), stimulates an immune response against a protein that occurs only on the sporozoites' surface. Jop De Vrieze, Science | AAAS, 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sporozoite

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sporozoite

New Latin Sporozoa + International Scientific Vocabulary -ite

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“Sporozoite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sporozoite. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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sporozoite

noun
spo·​ro·​zo·​ite | \ -ˈzō-ˌīt How to pronounce sporozoite (audio) \

Medical Definition of sporozoite

: a usually motile infective form of some sporozoans (as the malaria parasite) that is a product of sporogony and initiates an asexual cycle in the new host

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