Microsporidia

noun plural
Mi·​cro·​spo·​rid·​ia | \ ˌmī-krō-spə-ˈrid-ē-ə How to pronounce Microsporidia (audio) \

Medical Definition of Microsporidia

: an order of spore-forming protozoans (class Microsporea) that are parasites of various invertebrate and vertebrate animals, that typically invade and destroy host cells, and that include some (as of the genera Enterocytozoon and Nosema) that cause infections in immunocompromised humans

Other Words from Microsporidia

microsporidian \ -​ē-​ən How to pronounce microsporidian (audio) \ adjective or noun

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“Microsporidia.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Microsporidia. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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