Definition of Sporozoa in English:


plural noun

Medicine Zoology
  • A phylum of mainly parasitic spore-forming protozoans that have a complex life cycle with sexual and asexual generations. They include the organisms that cause malaria, babesiosis, coccidiosis, and toxoplasmosis.

    Also called Apicomplexa
    • ‘Another example is Sporozoa, which exemplify the opposing selective forces that act on cell size and genome size in extracellular versus intracellular parasites.’
    • ‘The Sporozoa were comprised of a number of parasitic protozoans and were generally characterized by a lack of characters.’


Modern Latin (plural), from spore + Greek zōia ‘animals’.