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The exoerythrocyte stage of the malarial organism that develops directly from the sporozoite inoculated by the infected mosquito; development of the first generation of merozoites in vertebrate host tissues occurs in the liver parenchyma.
[crypto- + G. zōē, life]
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A malarial parasite at the stage of development in which it inhabits bodily tissue before invading the red blood cells.
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