Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Sarcocystidae — parasitic sporozoans that cause disease in mammals and birds.

Etymologies

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Literally a bow-shaped form, from Ancient Greek τόξον (tóxon, "bow") and πλάσμα (plásma, "something molded").

Examples

  • Dr. Azizah Karman, a gynecologist in the Science and Technology Hospital, confirms that there is a cat disease called Toxoplasma which is transmitted to humans via a cat's saliva which carries the parasite.

    Yemen RSS News Feed - Yemen Times

  • The researchers say the microbes, called Toxoplasma gondii, invade the human brain and appear to upset its chemistry -- creating, in some people, the psychotic behaviors recognized as schizophrenia.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • A: Flushing cat waste has been recommended as a disposal method, but concerns have recently been raised about a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii sometimes found in cat feces.

    The Seattle Times

  • It is caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii.

    Yemen RSS News Feed - Yemen Times

  • Toxoplasmosis, also known as Toxoplasma, is the most common cat infection and can threaten the health of an unborn child.

    Yemen RSS News Feed - Yemen Times

  • Many T cells may respond to a particular infectious agent, such as Toxoplasma gondii and they all may recognize different antigens on the parasite's surface.

    Newswise: Latest News

  • Other opportunistic infections include unusually severe infections with yeast, cytomegalovirus, herpes virus, and parasites such as Toxoplasma or Cryptosporidia.

    infoplease - Daily Almanac

  • In related news, Toxoplasma infections make you schizophrenic, and 1/3 of the US (at least) has it.

    Vennbama | My[confined]Space

  • Toxoplasma reproduce sexually in the guts of cats.

    Elegance « A Fly in Amber

  • Cats are the most common carriers of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, especially outdoor cats that eat rats, mice, and other raw meat.

    Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

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