Definition of falciparum in English:

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Pronunciation: /falˈsipərəm/
(also falciparum malaria)


The most severe form of malaria, caused by infection with Plasmodium falciparum: [as modifier]: the falciparum parasite
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  • Each strain carried a form of the gene for a surface protein from the deadliest malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.
  • Individuals with normal and heterozygous genotypes are both infected by falciparum that causes malaria fever.
  • Infections with Plasmodium falciparum, the most virulent human malaria parasite, cause more than one million deaths per year.


1930s: modern Latin, from Latin falx, falc- 'sickle' + -parum (from -parus 'bearing').

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Syllabification: fal·cip·a·rum

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