Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Malaria is caused by a parasite called plasmodium, which is transmitted by the bites of infected mosquitos.

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  • Ms. SONIA SHAH (Author, "The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years"): Well, the parasite is called plasmodium, and it's protozoan.

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  • In 1880, scientists isolated a one-cell parasite called a plasmodium that is the real cause of the disease.

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  • "Malaria is caused by a parasite called plasmodium, which is transmitted via the bites of infected mosquitoes.

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  • Malaria is caused by the parasite plasmodium, which is transmitted by the bites of infected mosquitos.

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  • Malaria is caused by the parasite plasmodium, which is carried in the saliva of mosquitoes that are infected with the disease.

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  • Malaria is caused by the parasite plasmodium, which is transmitted in the bites of mosquitoes that are infected with the disease.

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  • Reports of resistance by mosquitoes to insecticides and of plasmodium, the malaria parasite, to available drugs both underscore the need for research to develop new insecticides, better drugs, and ultimately, a safe, effective vaccine that can prevent this terrible disease, for which more than 3 billion people are at risk each year.

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  • In 2007, Elizabeth Winzeler of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., who also works for Novartis, used robots to screen 12,000 naturally occurring chemicals against plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest malaria parasite.

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  • So for us, there's at least five malaria parasite species, these species of plasmodium that actually infect humankind, and what they do is they come into our bodies in the saliva of a mosquito, they hide in our liver for a while, but what they're really after is the hemoglobin in our red blood cells.

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