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Any of several parasitic protozoans of the order Piroplasmida, such as babesia, that infect red blood cells.

[New Latin Piroplasma, genus name : Latin pirum, pear; see pear + Greek plasma, image; see plasma.]


(ˈpɪrəˌplæzəm) or


n, pl -plasms or -plasmata
(Veterinary Science) a protozoan, parasitic in red blood cells, that infects and is transmitted to other animals by ticks


(bəˈbi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə)

n., pl. -sias.
any protozoan of the genus Babesia, certain species of which are parasitic and pathogenic for warm-blooded animals.
[< New Latin (1893), after Victor Babeş (1854–1926), Romanian bacteriologist; see -ia]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piroplasm - minute parasite of red blood cells of mammals transmitted by a tick and causing diseases of domestic animals
sporozoan - parasitic spore-forming protozoan
Babesiidae, family Babesiidae - piroplasms and cattle pathogens
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The blood smears were stained with Giemsa's and examined for the presence of piroplasm in RBC and koch's blue bodies in lymphocytes (Fig.
A fatal case of babesiosis in Missouri: identification of another piroplasm that infects humans.
Prevalence and genetic diversity of piroplasm species in horses and ticks from Tunisia.
Single dilution ELISAs using soluble piroplasm, cellular schizont and soluble schizont antigens for the detection of antibodies against Theileria annulata.
However, microscopy is not reliable in detection of carrier animals and piroplasm differentiation of Theileria species due to morphological similarities (Aktas et al.
Piroplasm Any organism in the class Piroplasmea, while in a circulating red blood cell; for example, Babesia.
The partial sequence of the ssu rRNA gene of the Venezuelan piroplasm showed 100% identity with a Brazilian isolate of Babesia canis vogeli, which is in full concordance with the clinical signs caused by this subspecies in the experimental animals, as well as those reported previously by other authors.
Infection of the Mongolian gerbil with the cattle piroplasm Babesia divergens.
Blood smear examination after 4th day blood smear examination revealed complete absence of piroplasm in erythrocytes.
reported the 76% prevalence of piroplasm in adult carriers before the disease.
was first reported by Kertzelli in 1909; he named the piroplasm Piroplasma tarandi rhangferis.