- the most common form of malaria, caused by the protozoan Plasmodium vivax and marked by the occurrence of attacks every other day.
Origin of vivax malaria
1940–45; < New Latin (Plasmodium) vivax the protozoan species, Latin vīvāx long-lived, lively; see vivacity
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- Malaria in which the paroxysms recur every third day, counting inclusively, and are induced by the release of merozoites and their invasion of new red blood cells.tertian malaria
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