Definition of sporozoite in English:


Syllabification: spo·ro·zo·ite
Pronunciation: /ˌspôrəˈzōīt


Zoology & Medicine
A motile sporelike stage in the life cycle of some parasitic sporozoans (e.g., the malaria organism) that is typically the infective agent introduced into a host.
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  • Tissue damage to the host's liver, kidney, spleen, lungs, or other organs can occur when the vector injects sporozoites that enter host cells to develop into meronts.
  • The sporozoites released from the oocyst reproduce asexually within cells, producing merozoites that burst from those cells, each to infect a new cell.
  • Meiotic division then gives rise to haploid cells that develop into infective sporozoites, which migrate to the mosquito salivary glands and infect humans during mosquito blood-feeding.


late 19th century: from sporo- 'relating to spores' + Greek zoion 'animal' + -ite1.

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