toxoplasma

noun
toxo·​plas·​ma | \ ˌtäk-sə-ˈplaz-mə How to pronounce toxoplasma (audio) \

Definition of toxoplasma

: any of a genus (Toxoplasma) of sporozoans that are typically serious pathogens of vertebrates

Other Words from toxoplasma

toxoplasmic \ ˌtäk-​sə-​ˈplaz-​mik How to pronounce toxoplasma (audio) \ adjective

Examples of toxoplasma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And, in most cases, only young cats pass feces contaminated with toxoplasma eggs (oocysts). Star Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 Maybe toxoplasma and its host are still getting to know each other, which could be bad news for monk seals. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, 9 July 2018 Maybe toxoplasma and its host are still getting to know each other, which could be bad news for monk seals. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, 9 July 2018 Further, cats can pose a risk to public health by spreading diseases such as rabies and toxoplasma. National Geographic, 20 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of toxoplasma

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toxoplasma

New Latin

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“Toxoplasma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toxoplasma. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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toxoplasma

noun
toxo·​plas·​ma | \ ˌtäk-sə-ˈplaz-mə How to pronounce toxoplasma (audio) \

Medical Definition of toxoplasma

1 capitalized : a genus of sporozoans that are typically serious pathogens of vertebrates
2 plural toxoplasmas or toxoplasmata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce toxoplasma (audio) \ also toxoplasma : any microorganism of the genus Toxoplasma

Other Words from toxoplasma

toxoplasmic \ -​mik How to pronounce toxoplasma (audio) \ adjective

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