hypnozoite

hypnozoite
Exoerythrocytic schizozoite of Plasmodium vivax or P. ovale in the human liver, characterized by delayed primary development; thought to be responsible for malarial relapse.

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hyp·no·zo·ite (hip″no-zoґīt) [hypno- + Gr. zōon animal] the round or oval, uninucleate, dormant form of Plasmodium seen inside hepatic cells during the intrahepatic stage of the parasite's life; it is believed to be the true latent stage associated with relapse in malaria.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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