sporozoan definition by Webster's New World
any of a class (Sporozoa) of parasitic protozoans that usually pass through phases of both sexual and asexual generation, frequently in different hosts, during which sporogenesis takes place, including the organisms that cause malaria and Texas fever
Origin: ; from Modern Latin Sporozoa (see sporo- and amp; -zoa plush -an
of the sporozoans
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- sporozoal adjective
sporozoan definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Any of numerous parasitic protozoans of the class Sporozoa, most of which reproduce sexually and asexually in alternate generations by means of spores. They are frequently transmitted by bloodsucking insects to different hosts, where they cause many serious diseases, such as malaria and coccidiosis.
Origin: From New Latin Sporozōa, class name : sporo- + -zōa, pl. of -zōon, -zoon.
- spoˌro·zoˈan adjective
sporozoan - Medical Definition
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An organism of the class Sporozoa.
- sporozoan adjective
sporozoan - Science Definition
Any of numerous parasitic protozoans now classified as apicomplexans.