plasmodium[plaz mō′dē əm]
- a shapeless mass of protoplasm with many nuclei and no definite size, esp. the vegetative stage of a myxomycete
- any of a genus (Plasmodium) of unicellular sporozoans found in red blood corpuscles, including the parasites that cause malaria
Origin of plasmodiumModL: see plasma, -ode, -ium
- A multinucleate, often large mass of protoplasm that moves and ingests food and is characteristic of the vegetative phase of plasmodial slime molds.
- Any of various protozoans of the genus Plasmodium, which includes the parasites that cause malaria.
Origin of plasmodiumNew Latin Plasmōdium, genus name : plasm(o)– + Greek -ōdēs, resembling; see collodion.