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.
- plas·mo·di·al, adjective
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How to use plasmodium in a sentence
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Occurring in large colonies on barkless decaying logs of various species; the plasmodium almost colorless.
The fructification appears to be isolated in each case; the entire plasmodium consumed in a single plasmodiocarp.
The plasmodium as it emerges to form fruit is pale pink or flesh color, slowly deepening to brown as maturity advances.
This author throws some doubt on the species he describes by suggesting that the plasmodium may be red.
The color is an uncertain thing even in the sporangia, which rise from one plasmodium.
British Dictionary definitions for plasmodium
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
- plasmodial, adjective
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Scientific definitions for plasmodium
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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