What do a.m. and p.m. stand for?


[mer-uh-zoh-ahyt] /ˌmɛr əˈzoʊ aɪt/
(in the asexual reproduction of certain sporozoans) a cell developed from a schizont that parasitizes a red blood cell in the host.
Origin of merozoite
1895-1900; mero- + zo- + -ite1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for merozoite
  • After entering the erythrocyte, the merozoite breaks down the cell's hemoglobin, feeding off the amino acids.
British Dictionary definitions for merozoite


any of the cells formed by fission of a schizont during the life cycle of sporozoan protozoans, such as the malaria parasite Compare trophozoite
Word Origin
C20: from mero- + zo(o) + -ite1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
merozoite in Medicine

merozoite mer·o·zo·ite (měr'ə-zō'īt)
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for merozoite

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for merozoite

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for merozoite