Etymology
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plasmodium (n.)

"protoplasm of protozoans in sheets, masses, or large quantities," 1871, Modern Latin, coined 1863 in Germany from plasma + -odium, from Greek -oeidēs "like" (see -oid). The classical plural is plasmodia.

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Definitions of plasmodium

plasmodium (n.)
multinucleate sheet of cytoplasm characteristic of some stages of such organisms as slime molds;
plasmodium (n.)
parasitic protozoan of the genus Plasmodium that causes malaria in humans;
Synonyms: Plasmodium vivax / malaria parasite
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