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falciparum malaria

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noun fal·cip·a·rum malaria \fal-ˈsi-pə-rəm-\

Definition of falciparum malaria

  1. :  extremely severe malaria caused by a sporozoan parasite (Plasmodium falciparum)



Origin and Etymology of falciparum malaria

New Latin, specific epithet, from Latin falc-, falx + -parum, neuter of -parus -parous


First Known Use: 1940


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falciparum malaria

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noun fal·cip·a·rum malaria \fal-ˈsip-ə-rəm-, fȯl-\

Medical Definition of falciparum malaria

  1. :  severe malaria caused by a parasite of the genus Plasmodium (P. falciparum) and marked by irregular recurrence of paroxysms and usually prolonged or continuous fever—called also malignant malaria, malignant tertian malaria, subtertian malaria; compare vivax malaria




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