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Plural of plasmodium.


[plazmō′dē·əm] pl. plasmodia
Etymology: Gk, plasma + eidos, form
a genus of protozoa, several species of which cause malaria, transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito. Plasmodium falciparum causes falciparum malaria, the most severe form of the disease; P. malariae causes quartan malaria; P. ovale causes mild tertian malaria with oval red blood cells; and P. vivax causes common tertian malaria. See also Anopheles, blackwater fever.


Plural of plasmodium.


(plăz-mō′dē-ŭm) plural.plasmodia [LL. plasma, form, mold, + Gr. eidos, form, shape]
1. A multinucleate mass of naked protoplasm, occurring commonly among slime molds.
2. An organism in the genus Plasmodium.
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In Kenya, areas along the shoreline of Lake Victoria and coastal regions are malaria hot spots, where intense and stable plasmodia transmission occurs throughout the year (31).
Previous examination of the role of our closest phylogenetic relatives, the great apes, in the evolution and persistence of human plasmodia has been limited by a lack of data from wild ape populations where opportunities for human-mosquito-ape malaria exchange are minimal.
silvaticum have tertian periodicities (5, 7) and are distinguishable from human plasmodia (7).
Furthermore, the current laboratory methods for species differentiation target only the four human plasmodia species.
In our laboratory, we use the indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT) for antigens of the four plasmodia species, in addition to PCR screening.