One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A parasitic spore-forming protozoan that can sometimes cause disease in humans.
Genus Toxoplasma, phylum Sporozoa, in particular T. gondii
- ‘Infections with bacteria, viruses, and other organisms such as toxoplasma and listeria can all interfere with pregnancy, but none seems to be significant causes of recurrent early miscarriage.’
- ‘Most of those who acquire toxoplasma in utero are asymptomatic.’
- ‘But healthy people who do get infected usually have no symptoms and are unaware that they may have cysts containing inactive toxoplasma in their heart, muscles or skin.’
- ‘A presumptive diagnosis of toxoplasma may therefore be made, although the underlying lesion may be due to something else, such as lymphoma or another infection.’
- ‘It's a topical microbicide and we found that it inhibited malaria and toxoplasma.’
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