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Any of the cells of an apicomplexan parasite that arise following multiple asexual fission and may enter either the asexual or sexual phase of the life cycle.
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(Zoology) any of the cells formed by fission of a schizont during the life cycle of sporozoan protozoans, such as the malaria parasite. Compare trophozoite
[C20: from mero- + zo(o) + -ite1]
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(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.
[1895–1900; mero- + -zo(on) + -ite1]
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Noun1.merozoite - a cell that arises from the asexual division of a parent sporozoan during its life cyclemerozoite - a cell that arises from the asexual division of a parent sporozoan during its life cycle
sporozoan - parasitic spore-forming protozoan
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Herpesvirus saimiri immortalization of Aotus T lymphocytes specific for an immunogenically modified peptide of Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface antigen 2.
(1) The term K[[beta].sub.r][[lambda].sub.r]/([[beta].sub.r][[lambda].sub.r] + [[delta].sub.m][[mu].sub.3]) represents the expected number of infectious merozoite parasites resulting from bursting blood schizonts at the blood stage of malaria infection.
Mungai et al., "Prenatal malaria immune experience affects acquisition of Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface protein-1 invasion inhibitory antibodies during infancy," The Journal of Immunology, vol.
Ntoumi, "Genetic polymorphism of merozoite surface protein 2 and prevalence of K76T pfcrt mutation in Plasmodium falciparum field isolates from Congolese children with asymptomatic infections," Malaria Journal, vol.
Dasaradhi et al., "Immunogenicity and protective efficacy of Escherichia coli expressed Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface protein-142 using human compatible adjuvants," Vaccine, vol.
ABSTRACT: Malaria is endemic in Pakistan but little research data is available on vaccine candidate antigens like Apical membrane antigen 1 (AMA-1), Circumsporozoite protein (CSP), Merozoite surface protein 1 (MSP-1) and Duffy binding protein.
Xue, A Novel Serine/Threonine Protein Phosphatase Type 5 from Second-Generation Merozoite of Eimeria tenella is Associated with Diclazuril-Induced Apoptosis, Parasitol.
Merozoite surface proteins in red blood cell invasion, immunity and vaccines against malaria.
Phylogenetic Gene ID classification Trophozoite Schizont Merozoite PF3D7_0204700 Clade 2 + + + PF3D7_0919500 Clade 4 nd nd nd Blood stage Gene ID Gametocyte I Gametocyte II Gametocyte III PF3D7_0204700 + + nd PF3D7_0919500 nd nd nd Mosquito/sexual stage Gene ID Gametocyte IV Gametocyte V Ookinete Sporozoite PF3D7_0204700 nd + nd + PF3D7_0919500 nd nd nd + Phylogenetic classification (see Figure 1); +: protein expression is detected; nd: not detected.
Specimens from 134 (92.4%) patients were positive for Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface protein 1 immunoglobulin G, indicating past exposure to P falciparum.