[ plaz-moh-dee-uhm ]
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noun,plural plas·mo·di·a [plaz-moh-dee-uh]. /plæzˈmoʊ di ə/.
  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 of plasmodium

From New Latin, dating back to 1870–75; see origin at plasm-, -ode1, -ium

Other words from plasmodium

  • plas·mo·di·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for plasmodium


/ (plæzˈməʊdɪəm) /

nounplural -dia (-dɪə)
  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

Origin of plasmodium

C19: New Latin; see plasma, -ode 1

Derived forms of plasmodium

  • plasmodial, adjective

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Scientific definitions for plasmodium


[ plăz-mōdē-əm ]

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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