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[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.
any of the cells formed by fission of a schizont during the life cycle of sporozoan protozoans, such as the malaria parasite Compare trophozoite

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.


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