Definition of falciparum in English:

falciparum

(also falciparum malaria)

noun

  • The most severe form of malaria, caused by infection with "Plasmodium falciparum"

    [as modifier] ‘the falciparum parasite’
    • ‘Each strain carried a form of the gene for a surface protein from the deadliest malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.’
    • ‘Infections with Plasmodium falciparum, the most virulent human malaria parasite, cause more than one million deaths per year.’
    • ‘Although the four as listed above cause malaria when injected into the human body, plasmodium falciparum has a capacity to cause severe or complicated malarial disease.’
    • ‘Mefloquine is commonly prescribed to prevent malaria in travelers and has replaced other drugs because Plasmodium falciparum is commonly resistant to them.’
    • ‘Individuals with normal and heterozygous genotypes are both infected by falciparum that causes malaria fever.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

falciparum

/falˈsipərəm/