trophozoite

noun

tro·​pho·​zo·​ite ˌtrō-fə-ˈzō-ˌīt How to pronounce trophozoite (audio)
: a protozoan of a vegetative form as distinguished from one of a reproductive or resting form

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The trophozoite divides by binary fission and makes thousands of copies of itself that attach to the lining of the small intestine. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2021 One, the trophozoite, looks like a microscopic teardrop. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

troph- + zo- + -ite entry 1

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trophozoite was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Trophozoite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trophozoite. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

trophozoite

noun
tro·​pho·​zo·​ite ˌtrō-fə-ˈzō-ˌīt How to pronounce trophozoite (audio)
: a protozoan of a vegetative form as distinguished from one of a reproductive or resting form
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