plasmodium

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Plasmodium \Plas*mo"di*um\, noun; pl. {Plasmodia}. [NL. See {Plasma}.]

1. (Biol.) A jellylike mass of free protoplasm, without any union of am[oe]boid cells, and endowed with life and power of motion.

2. (Zool.) A naked mobile mass of protoplasm, formed by the union of several am[oe]balike young, and constituting one of the stages in the life cycle of Mycetozoa and other low organisms.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

plasmodium

noun

1: multinucleate sheet of cytoplasm characteristic of some stages of such organisms as slime molds

2: parasitic protozoan of the genus Plasmodium that causes malaria in humans [syn: {plasmodium}, {Plasmodium vivax}, {malaria parasite}]


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