an·​ti·​ma·​lar·​i·​al | \ ˌan-tē-mə-ˈler-ē-əl, ˌan-tī- How to pronounce antimalarial (audio) \

Definition of antimalarial

: serving to prevent, control, or cure malaria

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antimalarial noun

Examples of antimalarial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, Rada says, many systematic reviews duplicate efforts; 53 reviews, for instance, dealt with the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial medication that has been used to treat COVID-19. Jeffrey Brainard, Science | AAAS, "Researchers face hurdles to evaluate, synthesize COVID-19 evidence at top speed," 8 Oct. 2020 In May, the FDA also issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which was strongly promoted by President Donald Trump. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "'Guided by the best science': FDA officials pledge to not rush COVID vaccine amid political pressure," 11 Sep. 2020 For months, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had been touting the antimalarial drug as a miracle cure for covid-19, despite serious scientific misgivings over its efficacy and side effects. Washington Post, "Brazilians volunteer for vaccine trials to counter growing skepticism," 11 Oct. 2020 In June, the researchers announced the results of a 4,716-person trial of hydroxychloroquine, the antimalarial drug championed by leaders such as U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "These promising coronavirus treatments are saving lives," 28 Aug. 2020 In June, the organization revoked its EUA for hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug which was initially lauded by Trump as helpful in the fight against COVID-19. Molly Longman,, "The Controversy Around Convalescent Plasma & COVID-19, Explained," 25 Aug. 2020 Although that drug is almost always introduced in news articles (including this one) as an antimalarial, it’s not widely used as such. Roxanne Khamsi, Wired, "Hydroxychloroquine Is Toast. Now Say Hi to Its 'Dirty' Cousin," 20 Aug. 2020 Thankfully, those speakers did not mention the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "A convention for the party of one," 27 Aug. 2020 When President Trump began to aggressively tout hydroxychloroquine, another antimalarial drug, as a Covid-19 cure-all, Biden, of course, wanted to know more. Lev Facher, STAT, "Ramped-up testing and daily briefings: Inside Biden’s plan to take over a tumultuous Covid-19 response," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of antimalarial

1843, in the meaning defined above

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26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Antimalarial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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an·​ti·​ma·​lar·​i·​al | \ -mə-ˈler-ē-əl How to pronounce antimalarial (audio) \
variants: or antimalaria \ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce antimalaria (audio) \

Medical Definition of antimalarial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: serving to prevent, check, or cure malaria



Medical Definition of antimalarial (Entry 2 of 2)

: an antimalarial drug

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