plasmodium


plas·mo·di·um

noun \plaz-ˈmōd-ē-əm\

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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