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[plaz-moh-dee-uh m] /plæzˈmoʊ di əm/

noun, plural plasmodia
[plaz-moh-dee-uh] /plæzˈmoʊ di ə/ (Show IPA)
Biology. an ameboid, multinucleate mass or sheet of cytoplasm characteristic of some stages of organisms, as of myxomycetes or slime molds.
any parasitic protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, causing malaria in humans.
noun (pl) -dia (-dɪə)
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
any parasitic sporozoan protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, such as P. falciparum and P. vivax, which cause malaria

1871, Modern Latin, coined 1863 in Germany from plasma + -odium, from Greek -odes “like” (see -oid).

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

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


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