noun, plural plas·mo·di·a [plaz-moh-dee-uh] /plæzˈmoʊ di ə/.

  1. Biology. an ameboid, multinucleate mass or sheet of cytoplasm characteristic of some stages of organisms, as of myxomycetes or slime molds.
  2. any parasitic protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, causing malaria in humans.

noun plural -dia (-dɪə)

  1. an amoeboid mass of protoplasm, containing many nuclei: a stage in the life cycle of certain organisms, esp the nonreproductive stage of the slime moulds
  2. any parasitic sporozoan protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, such as P. falciparum and P. vivax, which cause malaria

n.1871, Modern Latin, coined 1863 in Germany from plasma + -odium, from Greek -odes “like” (see -oid). adj.

  1. Relating to a plasmodium or a species of the genus Plasmodium.

n. pl. plas•mo•di•a (-dē-ə)

  1. A multinucleate mass of cytoplasm formed by the aggregation of a number of amoeboid cells, as that characteristic of the vegetative phase of the slime molds.
  2. A protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, which includes the parasites that cause malaria.


  1. A genus of protozoans that are parasites of the red blood cells of vertebrates and include the causative agents of malaria.

Plural plasmodia

  1. A mass of protoplasm having many cell nuclei but not divided into separate cells. It is formed by the combination of many amoeba-like cells and is characteristic of the active, feeding phase of certain slime molds.
  2. Any of various single-celled organisms (called protozoans) that exist as parasites in vertebrate animals, one of which causes malaria.

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