|—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 |
|the usual major subdivision of a family or subfamily in the classification of organisms, usually consisting of more than one species|
|a taxonomic group of organisms classified together on the basis of homologous features traced to a common ancestor|
plasmodium plas·mo·di·um (plāz-mō'dē-əm)
n. pl. plas·mo·di·a (-dē-ə)
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.
A protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, which includes the parasites that cause malaria.
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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