from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. A protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, which includes the parasites that cause malaria.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mass of cytoplasm, containing many nuclei, created by the aggregation of amoeboid cells of slime molds during their vegetative phase.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A jellylike mass of free protoplasm, without any union of amœboid cells, and endowed with life and power of motion.
- n. A naked mobile mass of protoplasm, formed by the union of several amœbalike young, and constituting one of the stages in the life cycle of Mycetozoa and other low organisms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Protoplasm of protozoans in sheets, masses, or comparatively large quantities, as formed by the plasmodiate members of the Protozoa.
- n. A definite quantity of Plasmodium, or the Plasmodium of given individual organisms.
- n. The naked multinucleated mass of protoplasm, exhibiting amœboid movement, which makes up the entire plant-body of the slime-molds (Myxomycetes) during the vegetative period of their existence. See Myxomycetes, slime-mold, Fuligo, 2, and Olpidium
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. multinucleate sheet of cytoplasm characteristic of some stages of such organisms as slime molds
- n. parasitic protozoan of the genus Plasmodium that causes malaria in humans
New Latin Plasmōdium, genus name : plasm(o)- + Greek -ōdēs, resembling; see collodion.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Plasmodium, from Latin plasma. (Wiktionary)