from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- Any of several minute protozoans of the genus Plasmodium (syn. Hæmatozoön) which in their adult condition live in the tissues of mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles (which see) and when transferred to the blood of man, by the bite of the mosquito, produce malaria.
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- noun parasitic protozoan of the genus Plasmodium that causes malaria in humans
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