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  • Radical cure

    (also: radical treatment) Complete elimination of malaria parasites from the body; the term applies specifically to elimination of dormant liver stage parasites (hypnozoites) found in P. vivax and P. ovale. Unless this takes place, patients will relapse.1

  • Recrudescence

    A repeated attack of malaria (short term relapse or delayed), due to the survival of malaria parasites in red blood cells.1

  • Relapse

    Recurrence of disease after it has been apparently cured. In malaria, true relapses are caused by reactivation of dormant liver stage parasites (hypnozoites) found in P. vivax and P. ovale.1

  • Resistance

    The ability of an organism to develop strains that are impervious to specific threats to their existence. The malaria parasite has developed strains that are resistant to drugs such as chloroquine. The Anopheles mosquito has developed strains that are resistant to DDT and other insecticides.1

  • Reticulocyte

    An immature red blood cell 7