kala-azar

noun ka·la-azar \ ˌkä-lə-ə-ˈzär , ˌka- \

Definition of kala-azar

: a severe parasitic disease chiefly of tropical areas that is marked by fever, progressive anemia, leukopenia, and enlargement of the spleen and liver and caused by a leishmania (Leishmania donovani) transmitted by the bite of sand flies

Origin and Etymology of kala-azar

Hindi & Urdu kālā-āzār, literally, black disease


Medical Dictionary

kala-azar

noun \ ˌkäl-ə-ə-ˌzär, ˌkal- \

medical Definition of kala-azar

: a severe parasitic disease chiefly of Asia marked by fever, progressive anemia, leukopenia, and enlargement of the spleen and liver and caused by a flagellate of the genus Leishmania (L. donovani) that is transmitted by the bite of sand flies and proliferates in macrophages of the liver, spleen, and bone marrow called also dumdum fever, visceral leishmaniasis; see leishman-donovan body

Learn More about kala-azar


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

the significant part of a grievance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu-jedi-training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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