plasmodium

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/plæzˈməʊdɪəm/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(plaz mōdē əm)

Inflections of 'plasmodium' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": plasmodia

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
plas•mo•di•um  (plaz mōdē əm),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -di•a 
    (plaz mōdē əm),USA pronunciation 
  1. Microbiology[Biol.]an ameboid, multinucleate mass or sheet of cytoplasm characteristic of some stages of organisms, as of myxomycetes or slime molds.
  2. Microbiologyany parasitic protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, causing malaria in humans.
plas•modi•al, adj. 
  • Neo-Latin; see plasm-, -ode1, -ium
  • 1870–75

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
plasmodium /plæzˈməʊdɪəm/ n ( pl -dia / -dɪə/)
  1. an amoeboid mass of protoplasm, containing many nuclei: a stage in the life cycle of certain organisms, esp the nonreproductive stage of the slime moulds
  2. any parasitic sporozoan protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, such as P. falciparum and P. vivax, which cause malaria
Etymology: 19th Century: New Latin; see plasma, -ode1

plasˈmodial adj
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