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 anopheles (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

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“Anopheles.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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 anopheles (audio) \ adjective or noun

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