One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In many sporozoans: any of the individuals produced by schizogony (merogony) in the asexual phase of the life cycle, which infect further host cells and in turn form meronts or gamonts.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society. From French mérozoïte from méro- + -zoïte.
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