sporozoan

1. An individual organism of the class Sporozoea. SYN: sporozoon. 2. Relating to the Sporozoea.

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spo·ro·zo·an .spōr-ə-'zō-ən, .spȯr- n any protozoan of the class Sporozoa
sporozoan adj

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spo·ro·zo·an (spor″o-zoґən) [sporo- + Gr. zōon animal] 1. any protozoon of the class Sporozoea. 2. any of a large group of protozoa that form spores; phyla of medical or veterinary significance include Apicomplexa, Microspora, and Myxozoa. Called also sporozoon. 3. pertaining or relating to the protozoa in these groups.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • sporozoan — noun Any of many parasitic protozoans, of the class Sporozoa, that reproduce alternately sexually and asexually via spores; they are responsible for diseases such as malaria …   Wiktionary

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  • sporozoan — spo·ro·zo·an …   English syllables

  • sporozoan — spo•ro•zo•an [[t]ˌspɔr əˈzoʊ ən, ˌspoʊr [/t]] n. mcr any parasitic spore forming protozoan of the class Sporozoa, several species of which cause malaria • Etymology: 1885–90; < NL Sporozo(a) (see sporo , zoa) + an I …   From formal English to slang

  • sporozoan — /spɔrəˈzoʊən/ (say spawruh zohuhn), /spɒ / (say spo ) noun 1. one of the Sporozoa, a class of the phylum Protozoa, consisting of parasites that multiply by sporogenesis, i.e. by dividing into reproductive bodies. –adjective 2. belonging or… …   Australian English dictionary

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