anopheles

noun
anoph·e·les | \ə-ˈnä-fə-ˌlēz \

Definition of anopheles 

: any of a genus (Anopheles) of mosquitoes that includes all mosquitoes which transmit malaria to humans

Other Words from anopheles

anopheline \-ˌlīn \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of anopheles

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anopheles

New Latin, genus name, from Greek anōphelēs useless, from a- + ophelos advantage, help; akin to Greek ophellein to increase, Armenian aweli more

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anopheles

noun
anoph·e·les | \ə-ˈnäf-ə-ˌlēz \

Medical Definition of anopheles 

1 capitalized : a genus of mosquitoes that includes all mosquitoes that transmit malaria to humans

2 : any mosquito of the genus Anopheles

Other Words from anopheles

anopheles adjective
anopheline \-ˌlīn \ adjective or noun

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