any of a class (Sporozoa) of parasitic protozoans, including the organisms that cause malaria and Texas fever, that usually pass through phases of both sexual and asexual generation, frequently in different hosts, during which sporogenesis takes place
Origin of sporozoan; from Modern Latin Sporozoa (see sporo- and amp; -zoa) + -an
of the sporozoans
Any of numerous parasitic protozoans that produce infective spores and often have complex life cycles involving both sexual and asexual reproduction. Sporozoans cause diseases such as malaria and cryptosporidiosis. Most sporozoans, which were formerly placed in the class Sporozoa, are now classified as apicomplexans.
Origin of sporozoanFrom New Latin Sporozōa, former class name : sporo– + -zōa, pl. of -zōon, -zoon.