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sporozoite

 [spor″o-zo´īt]
a spore formed after fertilization; any one of the sickle-shaped nucleated germs formed by division of the protoplasm of a spore of a sporozoan organism. In malaria, the sporozoites are the forms of the plasmodium that are liberated from the oocysts in the mosquito, that accumulate in the salivary glands, and that are transferred to humans when the mosquito feeds.

spo·ro·zo·ite

(spō'rō-zō'īt),
One of the minute elongated bodies resulting from the repeated division of the oocyst during sporogony. In the case of the malarial parasite, it is the form that is concentrated in the salivary glands and introduced into the blood by the bite of a mosquito; it enters the liver cells (exoerythrocytic cycle), the progeny of which, the merozoites, infect the red blood cells to initiate clinical malaria.
[sporo- + G. zōon, animal]

sporozoite

(spôr′ə-zō′īt′)
n.
Any of the cells that are released from the oocyst of an apicomplexan parasite and invade a new host cell.

spo·ro·zo·ite

(spōr'ō-zō'īt)
One of the minute elongated bodies resulting from the repeated division of the oocyst during sporogony. In the case of the malarial parasite, it is the form that is concentrated in the salivary glands and introduced into the blood by the bite of a mosquito; it enters the liver cells (exoerythrocytic cycle); its progeny, the merozoites, infect the red blood cells to initiate clinical malaria.
[sporo- + G. zōon, animal]

sporozoite

A motile reproductive form of a SPOROZOON that has been released from an oocyst and is ready to penetrate a new host cell, as in malaria transmission.

sporozoite

any of the very small mobile spores formed by multiple fission of a protozoan zygote, as in the MALARIA PARASITE.