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Apicomplexan

Definition
noun, plural: apicomplexans
Any of the numerous protozoans of the group Apicomplexa, characterized by having a special organelle called apical complex, single-celled, parasitic, spore-forming and reproducing sexually and asexually in alternate generations.
adjective
Of, or pertaining to (a species of) the Apicomplexa.
Supplement
Apicomplexans are sometimes taken as synonymous with sporozoans. At other times sporozoans are regarded as only a subset of the apicomplexans.
See also: Sporozoan


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