Definitions for malariaməˈlɛər i ə
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ma•lar•i•aməˈlɛər i ə(n.)
any of a group of usu. intermittent or remittent diseases characterized by attacks of chills, fever, and sweating and caused by a parasitic protozoan transferred to the human bloodstream by an anopheles mosquito.
Archaic. unwholesome or poisonous air.
Origin of malaria:
1730–40; < It, contr. of mala aria bad air
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
A disease spread by mosquito, in which a protozoan, Plasmodium, multiplies in blood every few days.
Origin: From mala aria meaning "bad air".
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
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
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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.
Translations for malaria
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a fever caused by the bite of a certain type of mosquito.
- maláriaPortuguese (BR)
- die MalariaGerman
- mÿrakalda, malaríaIcelandic
- demam malariaMalay
- 瘧疾Chinese (Trad.)
- bệnh sốt rétVietnamese
- 疟疾Chinese (Simp.)
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