Definition: The exoerythrocytic stage that develops from merozoites formed by the first, or cryptozoite, generation; the cryptozoite and metacryptozoite generations comprise the primary exoerythrocytic stages of malaria development (prepatent period) before infection of red blood cells.
[meta- + G. kryptos, hidden, + zoon, animal]
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