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Pronunciation: la'ver-a'ne-a

Definition: Old generic name for malaria-causing and other hematozoan protozoa. Laverania falciparum is a distinctive generic name for Plasmodium falciparum, and is preferred by some who believe that crescentic gametocytes should be the basis for classifying the causal agent of falciparum malaria in a separate genus.

See: Plasmodium, Haemoproteus

[C. Laveran, Fr. protozoologist and Nobel laureate, 1845–1922]

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