from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous parasitic protozoans of the class Sporozoa, most of which reproduce sexually and asexually in alternate generations by means of spores. They are frequently transmitted by bloodsucking insects to different hosts, where they cause many serious diseases, such as malaria and coccidiosis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many parasitic protozoans, of the class Sporozoa, that reproduce alternately sexually and asexually via spores; they are responsible for diseases such as malaria

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the characters of the Sporozoa; pertaining to the Sporozoa.
  • n. A member of the Sporozoa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. parasitic spore-forming protozoan


From New Latin Sporozōa, class name : sporo- + -zōa, pl. of -zōon, -zoon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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