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promastigote

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noun pro·mas·ti·gote \ -ˈmas-ti-ˌgōt \

medical Definition of promastigote

:the motile, elongated, extracellular form in the life cycle of some protozoans (family Trypanosomatidae, and especially genus Leishmania) that is characterized by a single anterior flagellum and no undulating membrane
  • In the sandfly gut the amastigotes leave the host cell, transform into promastigotes, and replicate extracellularly.
  • —David J. Wyler and Anthony R. MattiaThe New England Journal of Medicine17 Mar. 1994

promastigote

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