Old generic name for malaria-causing and other haematozoan 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.
Origin: C. Laveran, Fr. Protozoologist and Nobel laureate, 1845-1922
(05 Mar 2000)
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