plasmodium

[plaz-moh-dee-uhm]
noun, plural plasmodia [plaz-moh-dee-uh] .
1.
Biology. an ameboid, multinucleate mass or sheet of cytoplasm characteristic of some stages of organisms, as of myxomycetes or slime molds.
2.
any parasitic protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, causing malaria in humans.

Origin:
1870–75; < Neo-Latin; see plasm-, -ode1, -ium

plasmodial, adjective
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plasmodium (plæzˈməʊdɪəm)
 
n , pl -dia
1.  an amoeboid mass of protoplasm, containing many nuclei: a stage in the life cycle of certain organisms, esp the nonreproductive stage of the slime moulds
2.  any parasitic sporozoan protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, such as P. falciparum and P. vivax, which cause malaria
 
[C19: New Latin; see plasma, -ode1]
 
plas'modial
 
adj

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plasmodium plas·mo·di·um (plāz-mō'dē-əm)
n. pl. plas·mo·di·a (-dē-ə)

  1. A multinucleate mass of cytoplasm formed by the aggregation of a number of amoeboid cells, as that characteristic of the vegetative phase of the slime molds.

  2. A protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, which includes the parasites that cause malaria.

Plasmodium n.
A genus of protozoans that are parasites of the red blood cells of vertebrates and include the causative agents of malaria.

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plasmodium   (plāz-mō'dē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural plasmodia
  1. A mass of protoplasm having many cell nuclei but not divided into separate cells. It is formed by the combination of many amoeba-like cells and is characteristic of the active, feeding phase of certain slime molds.

  2. Any of various single-celled organisms (called protozoans) that exist as parasites in vertebrate animals, one of which causes malaria.


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His arms are covered with mosquito bites and his blood is full of plasmodium parasites.
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