Definition of schizont in US English:

schizont

noun

Biology
  • (in certain sporozoan protozoans) a cell that divides by schizogony to form daughter cells.

    • ‘Merozoites invade erythrocytes, differentiate into trophozoites, and divide to become blood schizonts.’
    • ‘Essentially, type I schizonts are involved in asexual reproduction, whereas type II schizonts are involved in sexual reproduction.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from schizo- ‘divided’ + -ont.

Pronunciation

schizont

/ˈskizänt/