malarial parasite


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parasite

 [par´ah-sīt]
1. a plant or animal that lives upon or within another living organism at whose expense it obtains some advantage; see also symbiosis. Parasites include multicelled and single-celled animals, fungi, and bacteria, and some authorities also include viruses.Those that feed upon human hosts can cause diseases ranging from the mildly annoying to the severe or even fatal. (See accompanying table.)
Types of parasites.
adj., adj parasit´ic.
accidental parasite one that parasitizes an organism other than the usual host.
facultative parasite one that may be parasitic upon another organism but can exist independently.
incidental parasite accidental parasite.
malarial parasite Plasmodium.
obligate parasite (obligatory parasite) one that is entirely dependent upon a host for its survival.
periodic parasite one that parasitizes a host for short periods.
temporary parasite one that lives free of its host during part of its life cycle.

malarial parasite

[məler′ē·əl]
Etymology: It, mal aria, bad air; Gk, parasitos, guest
one of four known species of Plasmodium that may be injected into the human bloodstream by an anopheline mosquito to begin the cycle of malarial disease.
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Furthermore, since malarial parasites develop a resistance to antimalarial medicines, there is an urgent need for antimalarial agents with new mechanisms of action.
Our study showed 39 positive cases of malarial parasite on screening as well (fig-2, table-I).
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We are thankful to our pathologist Maximo Mora, MD for providing the picture of the malarial parasites from our patient.
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Though malarial parasite multiplies in red blood cells but the severity of symptoms it develops are not as severe as expected especially in case of children.
Its researchers have found that one genetic change can virtually destroy a mosquito's ability to host the malarial parasite 'Plasmodium falciparum'.