Merozoites

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Merozoites are the result of merogony in the host cell for the life cycle of Plasmodium. In humans, sporozoites which have infected liver cells will undergo schizogony into merozoites which can then leave the liver cell and re-enter the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream merozoites can infect erythrocytes and form a trophozoite which can undergo schizogony forming between 12-16 new merozoites during a period of roughly 72 hours. Once these merozoites have been developed the trophozoite will burst allowing the release of the merozoites so they can go and infect other erythrocytes[1].

References

  1. "Plasmodium Life Cycle". Biologywise, 2018, https://biologywise.com/plasmodium-life-cycle. Accessed 22 Oct 2018.
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