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plasmodium

noun plas·mo·di·um \plaz-ˈmō-dē-əm\
plural -dia \-dē-ə\

Definition of PLASMODIUM

1
a :  a motile multinucleate mass of protoplasm resulting from fusion of uninucleate amoeboid cells; also :  an organism (as a stage of a slime mold) that consists of such a structure
b :  syncytium 1
2
:  a sporozoan parasite (genus Plasmodium) that is the causative agent of malaria

Origin of PLASMODIUM

New Latin, from plasm- + -odium thing resembling, from Greek -ōdēs like
First Known Use: 1875

plasmodium

noun plas·mo·di·um \plaz-ˈmōd-ē-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PLASMODIUM

1
plural -dia \-dē-ə\ a :  a motile multinucleate mass of protoplasm resulting from fusion of uninucleate ameboid cells; also :  an organism (as a stage of a slime mold) that consists of such a structure b :  syncytium 1
2
a capitalized :  the type genus of the family Plasmodiidae of sporozoans that includes all the malaria parasites affecting humans b plural -dia :  any individual malaria parasite

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