In malaria, the sexual cell (male microgametocyte or female macrogametocyte). Occurs in peripheral blood; fertilization will occur in the mosquito stomach forming the zygote.
The sexual cell in the life cycle of a protozoon which gives rise to a gamete when taken into the body of the vector. It may be male (micro-gametocyte) or female (macro-gametocyte).
the sexual-stage precursors of the malaria parasite. The micro- and macrogametocytes (male and female) develop within the human host and are picked up by the mosquito while in the act of biting. In the mosquito, the gametocytes develop further into micro- and macrogametes.