Definition of Sporozoa in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌspɒrəˈzəʊə/

plural noun

Zoology & Medicine
A phylum of mainly parasitic spore-forming protozoans that have a complex life cycle with sexual and asexual generations. They include the organisms that cause malaria, babesiosis, coccidiosis, and toxoplasmosis. Also called Apicomplexa.
Example sentences
  • Another example is Sporozoa, which exemplify the opposing selective forces that act on cell size and genome size in extracellular versus intracellular parasites.
  • The Sporozoa were comprised of a number of parasitic protozoans and were generally characterized by a lack of characters.


Modern Latin (plural), from spore + Greek zōia 'animals'.

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