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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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mer•o•zo•ite(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.
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