anoph·​e·​les | \ ə-ˈnä-fə-ˌlēz How to pronounce anopheles (audio) \

Definition of anopheles

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

Other Words from anopheles

anopheline \ ə-​ˈnä-​fə-​ˌlīn How to pronounce anopheline (audio) \ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about anopheles

Time Traveler for anopheles

Time Traveler

The first known use of anopheles was in 1824

See more words from the same year

Statistics for anopheles

Cite this Entry

“Anopheles.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for anopheles


anoph·​e·​les | \ ə-ˈnäf-ə-ˌlēz How to pronounce anopheles (audio) \

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 How to pronounce anopheline (audio) \ adjective or noun

Comments on anopheles

What made you want to look up anopheles? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!