sporozoan


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

sporozoan

 [spor″o-zo´an]
1. pertaining to the Sporozoa.
2. an individual of the Sporozoa.

spo·ro·zo·an

(spō'rō-zō'ăn),
1. An individual organism of the class Sporozoea. Synonym(s): sporozoon
2. Relating to the Sporozoea.

sporozoan

/spo·ro·zo·an/ (-zo´an)
1. any protozoan of the phyla Apicomplexa, Ascetospora, Microspora, and Myxozoa.
2. pertaining or relating to protozoa of these phyla.

sporozoan

(spôr′ə-zō′ən)
n.
Any of numerous parasitic protozoans that produce infective spores and often have complex life cycles involving both sexual and asexual reproduction. Sporozoans cause diseases such as malaria and cryptosporidiosis. Most sporozoans, which were formerly placed in the class Sporozoa, are now classified as apicomplexans.

spo′ro·zo′an adj.

sporozoan

any parasitic protozoan of the class Sporozoa, such as the MALARIA PARASITE.

sporozoan

1. pertaining to the Apicomplexa (previously Sporozoa.
2. an individual of the Sporozoa.
References in periodicals archive ?
Human parasites are classified in five major subdivisions: 1) Protozoa (ameba, flagellates, ciliates, sporozoans, and coccidia); 2) Platyhelminthes or flatworms (cestodes and trematodes); 3) Acanthocephala or thorny-headed worms; 4) Nematoda or round worms; and 5) Arthropoda (insects, spiders, mites, and ticks).