EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural plas·mo·di·a . [plaz- moh-dee- uh] /plæzˈmoʊ di ə/ . 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. Origin of plasmodium
dating back to
see origin at
-ium Related forms plas·mo·di·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for plasmodia Historical Examples of plasmodia
How was it that no one asked himself how it was possible that the
plasmodia could enter the current of the blood from the air? Plasmodia vary in color in different species and at different times in the same species.
The most satisfactory studies are obtained by
plasmodia carefully brought in directly from the field.
Do not their amœboid spores and
plasmodia ally them at once to the amœba and his congeners, to all the monad, rhizopodal world?
Malaria and similar diseases are caused by
plasmodia, which are protozoa and not bacteria. British Dictionary definitions for plasmodia noun plural -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 Derived Forms plasmodial, adjective Word Origin for plasmodium
C19: New Latin; see
plasma, -ode 1
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Word Origin and History for plasmodia n.
1871, Modern Latin, coined 1863 in Germany from
plasma + -odium, from Greek -odes "like" (see -oid).
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plasmodium [plăz-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. 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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Plural plasmodia 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. Any of various single-celled organisms (called protozoans) that exist as parasites in vertebrate animals, one of which causes malaria.
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