plasmodium

noun
plas·​mo·​di·​um | \ plaz-ˈmō-dē-əm How to pronounce plasmodium (audio) \
plural plasmodia\ plaz-​ˈmō-​dē-​ə How to pronounce plasmodium (audio) \

Definition of plasmodium

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

Examples of plasmodium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At its core, hydroxychloroquine, along with its close cousin chloroquine, is an antimalarial medication that primarily treats and prevents the mosquito-borne infection by killing the microorganism (a plasmodium parasite) that causes it. Popular Science, "Hydroxychloroquine isn’t the miracle COVID-19 treatment many hoped it would be," 29 May 2020 When food is nearby, the plasmodium forms a network of slender tubules that branch out in search of it, eventually finding the optimal path. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "What slime molds can teach us about thinking," 12 Apr. 2018 And there’s no limit to the number of individuals that can join the collective, called a plasmodium. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Trump doesn’t have a science adviser. This slime mold is available.," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of plasmodium

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for plasmodium

New Latin, from plasm- + -odium thing resembling, from Greek -ōdēs like

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“Plasmodium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plasmodium. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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plasmodium

noun
plas·​mo·​di·​um | \ plaz-ˈmōd-ē-əm How to pronounce plasmodium (audio) \

Medical Definition of plasmodium

1 plural plasmodia\ -​dē-​ə How to pronounce plasmodium (audio) \
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
2a capitalized : the type genus of the family Plasmodiidae of sporozoans that includes all the malaria parasites affecting humans
b plural plasmodia : any individual malaria parasite

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