plasmodium

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noun plas·mo·di·um \plaz-ˈmō-dē-əm\

Definition of plasmodium

plural

plasmodia

play \plaz-ˈmō-dē-ə\
  1. 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 structureb :  syncytium 1

  2. 2 :  a sporozoan parasite (genus Plasmodium) that is the causative agent of malaria

Origin and Etymology of plasmodium

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


First Known Use: 1875


Medical Dictionary

plasmodium

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noun plas·mo·di·um \plaz-ˈmōd-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of plasmodium

  1. 1plural plasmodia \-dē-ə\play 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 structureb:  syncytium 1

  2. 2a capitalized :  the type genus of the family Plasmodiidae of sporozoans that includes all the malaria parasites affecting humansbplural plasmodia :  any individual malaria parasite


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