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gametocyte

 [gah-met´o-sīt]
1. an oocyte or spermatocyte; a cell that produces gametes.
2. the sexual stage of the malarial parasite in the blood which may produce gametes when taken into the mosquito host; it may be male (microgametocyte) or female (macrogametocyte).

ga·me·to·cyte

(gă-mē'tō-sīt),
A cell capable of dividing to produce gametes, for example, a sperm or oocyte.
Synonym(s): gamont
[gameto- + G. kytos, cell]

gametocyte

/ga·me·to·cyte/ (-sīt)
1. a cell capable of dividing to form gametes; an oocyte or spermatocyte.
2. the sexual form, male or female, of certain sporozoa, such as malarial plasmodia, found in the erythrocytes, which may produce gametes when ingested by the secondary host. See also macrogametocyte and microgametocyte.

gametocyte

(gə-mē′tə-sīt′)
n.
A cell from which gametes develop by meiotic division, especially a spermatocyte or an oocyte.

gametocyte

[gəmē′tōsīt]
Etymology: Gk, gamete + kytos, cell
any cell capable of dividing into or in the process of developing into a gamete.

ga·me·to·cyte

(gă-mē'tō-sīt)
A cell capable of dividing to produce gametes, e.g., a spermatocyte or oocyte.
[gameto- + G. kytos, cell]

gametocyte

A cell from which a GAMETE is developed by division. In the ovary, a gametocyte is an oocyte; in the testicle it is a spermatocyte.

gametocyte

an animal or plant cell that develops into gametes by meiosis. see GAMETOGENESIS.

gametocyte

an oocyte or spermatocyte; a cell that produces gametes.
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Gametocyte species (11) confirmation was made on blood smears under microscope objective at x 1000 magnification.
A real-time quantitative nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (QT-NASBA) assay has been used successfully in Africa to determine sub-microscopic gametocyte carriage, [44] but requires the collection of whole blood.
Although therapeutic efficacy studies demonstrated sustained SP efficacy in Mpumalanga five years after SP introduction, [35] with SP quintuple mutation prevalence only at 10% (J Raman, unpublished data), patients successfully treated with SP displayed enhanced gametocyte carriage.
Case management is essential for malaria control, not only to prevent malaria-related mortality and morbidity, but also to decrease the pool of circulating gametocytes (the sexual stage of the malaria parasite).
It will become necessary to detect foci of transmission and hotspots through the use of gametocyte detection or through the use of techniques to determine immune responses.
Submicroscopic Plasmodium falciparum gametocyte densities frequently result in mosquito infection.
vivax could be advantageous to hosts in terms of reduced disease severity (22), less chance for gametocyte carriage (23), and decreased parasite density (24).
Artemisinins may reduce malaria transmission in medium-risk areas by decreasing gametocyte development, but this advantage has yet to be demonstrated in high transmission areas.
Parasite clearance time and gametocyte clearance time of parasites from four sentinel sites were compared using Log Rank (Mantel-Cox) in the Kaplan-Meier analysis.
Also in these areas, the combination of ACT, which may decrease transmission by reducing gametocyte load in infected persons, and annual indoor residual spraying (IRS) with long-lasting insecticides, which can reduce indoor vector density for a prolonged period, could act synergistically to interrupt malaria transmission.
Association of helminth infections with increased gametocyte carriage during mild falciparum malaria in Thailand.