malaria

noun
ma·​lar·​ia | \mə-ˈler-ē-ə \

Definition of malaria 

1 archaic : air infected with a noxious substance capable of causing disease especially : miasma

2a : a human disease that is caused by sporozoan parasites (genus Plasmodium) in the red blood cells, is transmitted by the bite of anopheline mosquitoes, and is characterized by periodic attacks of chills and fever

b : any of various diseases of birds and mammals caused by blood protozoans

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Other Words from malaria

malarial \-​əl \ adjective
malarious \-​əs \ adjective

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In fact, women between the ages of 15 and 44 are at a greater risk of experiencing rape or domestic violence than cancer, car accidents, war or malaria, according to the World Bank. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "14 Ways Women Still Aren't Equal to Men," 6 Nov. 2018 In Venezuela there are at least three epidemics at work, measles, diphtheria and malaria. Luciana Magalhaes And Juan Forero, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Health Crisis Is Crossing the Border," 31 Oct. 2018 The parasites that cause malaria set up a complex life cycle in the human body. NBC News, "These volunteers want to get malaria. The goal? A better vaccine.," 15 June 2018 Some have the hacking cough of tuberculosis while others come with malaria. Luciana Magalhaes And Juan Forero, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Health Crisis Is Crossing the Border," 31 Oct. 2018 In recent years, the fight against malaria in Central America has grown more complex. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "In a Rare Success, Paraguay Conquers Malaria," 6 July 2018 By all accounts, malaria control efforts in North Korea have been a clear success. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Major donor nixes effort to combat tuberculosis crisis in North Korea," 29 June 2018 At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a $20 billion start-up, OKRs deliver the real-time data that Bill Gates needs to wage war against malaria, polio, and HIV. John Doerr, WIRED, "When John Doerr Brought a ‘Gift’ to Google’s Founders," 24 Apr. 2018 Girls who attend secondary school earn higher salaries, have lower infant and maternal mortality rates, and are less likely to contract malaria and HIV. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "Michelle Obama Launches the Global Girls Alliance on the Today Show," 11 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of malaria

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for malaria

Italian, from mala aria bad air

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malaria

noun

English Language Learners Definition of malaria

medical : a serious disease that causes chills and fever and that is passed from one person to another by the bite of mosquitoes

malaria

noun
ma·​lar·​ia | \mə-ˈler-ē-ə \

Kids Definition of malaria

: a serious disease with chills and fever that is spread by the bite of a mosquito

malaria

noun
ma·​lar·​ia | \mə-ˈler-ē-ə \

Medical Definition of malaria 

1 : an acute or chronic disease caused by the presence of sporozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium in the red blood cells, transmitted from an infected to an uninfected individual by the bite of anopheline mosquitoes, and characterized by periodic attacks of chills and fever that coincide with mass destruction of blood cells and the release of toxic substances by the parasite at the end of each reproductive cycle malaria remains the greatest single cause of debilitation and death throughout the worldJournal of the American Medical Association — see falciparum malaria, vivax malaria

2 : any of various diseases of birds and mammals that are more or less similar to malaria of human beings and are caused by blood protozoans

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