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

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Winegard adds that even Americans performed dangerous antimalarial experiments on inmates as late as the 1960s. Katie Wudel, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The mosquito isn’t just annoying — Timothy C. Winegard says we’re at war," 9 Aug. 2019 Scientists are not completely sure why, but suspect it’s partly to do with the fact that antimalarial drugs are widely and heavily used there, Hamilton said. Washington Post, "A drug-resistant strain of malaria is making the disease ‘almost untreatable’ in southeast Asia," 30 July 2019 That may mean taking medications such as antimalarial drugs or prednisone or other corticosteroids to combat inflammation, the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "Model Robyn Lawley Shares Photos of Her Scars After Having a Seizure and Falling Down Stairs," 16 Aug. 2018 The Global Fund has provided enough mosquito nets and antimalarial drugs to see the country through the 2018 malaria season, says spokesperson Seth Faison, who is based in Geneva. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Major donor nixes effort to combat tuberculosis crisis in North Korea," 29 June 2018 To bolster these efforts, Novartis will put more than $100 million over five years toward advancing R&D on our next-generation antimalarial treatments. Vas Narasimhan, WSJ, "How Long Till the Final World Malaria Day?," 24 Apr. 2018 Novartis runs a program called SMS for Life, which helps village clinics use mobile phones to report when their supplies of antimalarial medicines are running low and need to be replenished. Vas Narasimhan, WSJ, "How Long Till the Final World Malaria Day?," 24 Apr. 2018 Generally, fake malaria drugs imitate one of two types of common antimalarial medicines: quinines and artemisins. Smithsonian, "Are Fake Drugs The Reason Malaria Sickens Millions a Year?," 24 Apr. 2018 Another doctor tried antimalarial drugs, also to no avail. Meher Ahmad, Scientific American, "Pakistan Is Racing to Combat the World’s First Extensively Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of antimalarial

1843, in the meaning defined above

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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

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: serving to prevent, check, or cure malaria



Medical Definition of antimalarial (Entry 2 of 2)

: an antimalarial drug

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