microgametocyte


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microgametocyte

 [mi″kro-gah-me´to-sīt]
a cell that produces microgametes.
the male gametocyte of certain Sporozoa, such as malarial plasmodia.

mi·cro·ga·me·to·cyte

(mī'krō-ga-mē'tō-sīt),
The mother cell producing the microgametes, or male elements of sexual reproduction in sporozoan protozoans and fungi.
Synonym(s): microgamont

microgametocyte

/mi·cro·ga·me·to·cyte/ (-gah-mēt´ah-sīt)
1. a cell that produces microgametes.
2. the male gametocyte of certain Sporozoa, such as malarial plasmodia.

microgametocyte

[-gamē′təsīt]
Etymology: Gk, mikros + gamete, spouse, kytos, cell
an enlarged merozoite that undergoes meiosis to form the mature male gamete during the sexual phase of the life cycle of certain thallophytes and sporozoa, specifically the malarial parasite Plasmodium. Microgametocytes are found in the red blood cells of a person infected with the malarial parasite, but they must be ingested by a female Anopheles mosquito to complete the maturation process and develop into microgametes.

mi·cro·ga·me·to·cyte

(mī'krō-gă-mē'tō-sīt)
The mother cell producing the microgametes, or male elements of sexual reproduction in sporozoan protozoans and fungi.

microgametocyte

a cell that produces microgametes.
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falciparum thick smears containing 5620 gametocytes were screened for measuring the gametocyte density for microgametocyte (male) and macrogametocyte (female).
During the follow up period, microgametocytes of P falciparum cases were investigated to determine the prevalence of gametocytes.