Apicomplexa

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A·pi·com·plex·a

(ap'i-kom-plek'să),
A phylum of the subkingdom Protozoa, which includes the class Sporozoea and the subclasses Coccidia and Piroplasmia, characterized by the presence of an apical complex.
[L. apex, pl. apicis, tip, summit, + complexus, woven together]

Apicomplexa

(ap″ĭ-kŏm-plek′să)
A phylum of the kingdom Protista (formerly a division of protozoa called Sporozoa); named for a complex of cell organelles (apical microtubule complex) at the apex of the sporozoite form that can penetrate host cells. It includes the medically important genera Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, Cryptosporidium, and Isospora.