plasmodium

noun plas·mo·di·um \ plaz-ˈmō-dē-əm \

Definition of plasmodium

plural plasmodia play \plaz-ˈmō-dē-ə\
1 a : 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
b : syncytium 1
2 : a sporozoan parasite (genus Plasmodium) that is the causative agent of malaria

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Origin and Etymology of plasmodium

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


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plasmodium

noun plas·mo·di·um \ plaz-ˈmōd-ē-əm \

medical Definition of plasmodium

1 plural -dia play \-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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