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

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  • sporozoan — [spō΄rō zō′än΄, spō΄rō zō′ən, spôr΄əzō′än, spôr΄ə zō′ən] n. [< ModL Sporozoa (see SPORO & ZOA + AN] any of a class (sporozoa) of parasitic protozoans that usually pass through phases of both sexual and asexual generation, frequently in… …   English World dictionary

  • sporozoan — noun Etymology: New Latin Sporozoa, from spor + zoa Date: 1888 any of a large class (Sporozoa) of strictly parasitic nonmotile protozoans that have a complex life cycle usually involving both asexual and sexual generations often in different… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sporozoan — 1. An individual organism of the class Sporozoea. SYN: sporozoon. 2. Relating to the Sporozoea. * * * spo·ro·zo·an .spōr ə zō ən, .spȯr n any protozoan of the class Sporozoa sporozoan adj * * * spo·ro·zo·an (spor″o zoґə …   Medical dictionary

  • sporozoan Zoology — [ˌspɒrə zəʊən] noun a protozoan of the phylum Sporozoa, which includes the organisms responsible for malaria, toxoplasmosis, etc. adjective relating to sporozoans. Origin from mod. L. Sporozoa, from spore + Gk zōia animals …   English new terms dictionary

  • sporozoan — /spawr euh zoh euhn, spohr /, n. 1. any parasitic spore forming protozoan of the phylum (or class) Sporozoa, several species of which, as plasmodia, cause malaria. adj. 2. Also, sporozoal. belonging or pertaining to the Sporozoa. [1885 90;… …   Universalium

  • sporozoan — n. parasitic microorganism which produces spores during the asexual stage of its life cycle (Zoology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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… …  

  • sporozoan — noun parasitic spore forming protozoan • Hypernyms: ↑protozoan, ↑protozoon • Hyponyms: ↑sporozoite, ↑trophozoite, ↑merozoite, ↑coccidium, ↑eimeria, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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