quotidian malaria


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quo·tid·i·an ma·lar·i·a

malaria in which the paroxysms occur daily; usually a double tertian malaria, in which there is an infection by two distinct groups of Plasmodium vivax parasites sporulating alternately every 48 hours, but also may be an infection by the pernicious form of malarial parasite, P. falciparum, combined with P. vivax, or infection by two distinct P. falciparum generations, which mature on different days; also may develop from infection with P. knowlesi.
Synonym(s): quotidian fever

quo·tid·i·an ma·la·ri·a

(kwō-tid'ē-ăn mă-lar'ē-ă)
Disorder in which the paroxysms occur daily; usually a double tertian malaria, in which there is an infection by two distinct groups of Plasmodium vivax parasites sporulating alternately every 48 hours.

quotidian malaria

Malaria in which paroxysms occur with daily periodicity due to 24-hr sporulation of two groups of P. vivax. Temperature rises and falls abruptly.
See also: malaria