sporozoite

noun

spo·​ro·​zo·​ite ˌspȯr-ə-ˈzō-ˌīt How to pronounce sporozoite (audio)
: a usually motile infective form of some sporozoans that is a product of sporogony and initiates an asexual cycle in the new host

Example Sentences

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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Word History

Etymology

New Latin Sporozoa + International Scientific Vocabulary -ite

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sporozoite was in 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Sporozoite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sporozoite. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

sporozoite

noun

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