merozoite

[mer-uh-zoh-ahyt]
noun
(in the asexual reproduction of certain sporozoans) a cell developed from a schizont that parasitizes a red blood cell in the host.

Origin:
1895–1900; mero- + zo- + -ite1

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merozoite (ˌmɛrəʊˈzəʊaɪt)
 
n
Compare trophozoite any of the cells formed by fission of a schizont during the life cycle of sporozoan protozoans, such as the malaria parasite
 
[C20: from mero- + zo(o) + -ite1]

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merozoite mer·o·zo·ite (měr'ə-zō'īt)
n.
A protozoan cell that arises from the schizogony of a parent sporozoan and may enter either the asexual or sexual phase of the life cycle.

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After entering the erythrocyte, the merozoite breaks down the cell's hemoglobin, feeding off the amino acids.
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