What does malaria mean?

Definitions for malariaməˈlɛər i ə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. malaria(noun)

    an infective disease caused by sporozoan parasites that are transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito; marked by paroxysms of chills and fever


  1. malaria(n.)

    (Med.) A human disease caused by infection of red blood cells by a protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, giving rise to fever and chills and many other symptoms, characterized by their tendency to recur at definite and usually uniform intervals. The protozoal infection is usually transmitted from another infected individual by the bite of an Anopheles mosquito.

  2. Origin: [It., contr. fr. malaaria bad air. See Malice, and Air.]


  1. malaria(Noun)

    A disease spread by mosquito, in which a protozoan, Plasmodium, multiplies in blood every few days.

  2. Origin: From mala aria meaning "bad air".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Malaria(noun)

    air infected with some noxious substance capable of engendering disease; esp., an unhealthy exhalation from certain soils, as marshy or wet lands, producing fevers; miasma

  2. Malaria(noun)

    a morbid condition produced by exhalations from decaying vegetable matter in contact with moisture, giving rise to fever and ague and many other symptoms characterized by their tendency to recur at definite and usually uniform intervals

  3. Origin: [It., contr. fr. malaaria bad air. See Malice, and Air.]


  1. Malaria

    Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by protists of the genus Plasmodium. It begins with a bite from an infected female Anopheles mosquito, which introduces the protists through saliva into the circulatory system. In the blood, the protists travel to the liver to mature and reproduce. Malaria causes symptoms that typically include fever and headache, which in severe cases can progress to coma or death. The disease is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions in a broad band around the equator, including much of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Five species of Plasmodium can infect and be transmitted by humans. The vast majority of deaths are caused by P. falciparum and P. vivax, while P. ovale, and P. malariae cause a generally milder form of malaria that is rarely fatal. The zoonotic species P. knowlesi, prevalent in Southeast Asia, causes malaria in macaques but can also cause severe infections in humans. Malaria is prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions because rainfall, warm temperatures, and stagnant waters provide habitats ideal for mosquito larvae. Disease transmission can be reduced by preventing mosquito bites by distribution of mosquito nets and insect repellents, or with mosquito-control measures such as spraying insecticides and draining standing water.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Malaria

    ma-lā′ri-a, n. the poisonous air arising from marshy districts, producing fever, &c.: miasma: the fever so caused.—adjs. Malā′rious, Malā′rial, Malā′rian. [It. mal' aria—L. malus, bad, aër, air.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Malaria

    A protozoan disease caused in humans by four species of the PLASMODIUM genus: PLASMODIUM FALCIPARUM; PLASMODIUM VIVAX; PLASMODIUM OVALE; and PLASMODIUM MALARIAE; and transmitted by the bite of an infected female mosquito of the genus ANOPHELES. Malaria is endemic in parts of Asia, Africa, Central and South America, Oceania, and certain Caribbean islands. It is characterized by extreme exhaustion associated with paroxysms of high FEVER; SWEATING; shaking CHILLS; and ANEMIA. Malaria in ANIMALS is caused by other species of plasmodia.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of malaria in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of malaria in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Steve Lindsay:

    Improved housing has huge potential to reduce malaria transmission around the globe and to keep malaria at bay where we have eliminated it.

  2. Brian Greenwood:

    Given that there were an estimated 198 million malaria cases in 2013, this level of efficacy potentially translates into millions of cases of malaria in children being prevented.

  3. Bernard Nahlen:

    It would be a major failure on the part of everybody involved to have a lot of people die from malaria in the midst of the Ebola epidemic, i would be surprised if there were not an increase in unnecessary malaria deaths in the midst of all this, and a lot of those will be young children.

  4. Andrew Witty:

    While RTS,S on its own is not the complete answer to malaria, its use alongside those interventions currently available such as bed nets and insecticides would provide a very meaningful contribution to controlling the impact of malaria on children in those African communities that need it the most.

  5. Nedret Emiroglu:

    The European Region has been declared malaria free on the basis of the present situation and the likelihood that elimination can be maintained, experience shows that malaria can spread rapidly and, if Europe's countries are not vigilant and responsive, a single imported case can result in resurgence of malaria.

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