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cryptozoite

Pronunciation: krip'to-zo'it

Definition: The exoerythrocyte stage of the malarial organism that develops directly from the sporozoite inoculated by the infected mosquito; development of the first generation of merozoites in vertebrate host tissues occurs in the liver parenchyma.

[crypto- + G. zoe, life]

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