toxo·​plas·​ma | \ ˌtäk-sə-ˈplaz-mə \

Definition of toxoplasma

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

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toxoplasmic \ ˌtäk-​sə-​ˈplaz-​mik \ adjective

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Maybe toxoplasma and its host are still getting to know each other, which could be bad news for monk seals. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 Further, cats can pose a risk to public health by spreading diseases such as rabies and toxoplasma. National Geographic, "New Book Calls for Removal of Outdoor Cats 'By Any Means'," 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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toxo·​plas·​ma | \ ˌtäk-sə-ˈplaz-mə \

Medical Definition of toxoplasma

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

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toxoplasmic \ -​mik \ adjective

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