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falciparum Line breaks: fal|cip¦arum
Pronunciation: /falˈsɪpərəm/
(also falciparum malaria)

Definition of falciparum in English:


[mass noun]
The most severe form of malaria: [as modifier]: the falciparum parasite
  • This is caused by infection with Plasmodium falciparum
More example sentences
  • 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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