malaria

noun
ma·​lar·​ia | \ mə-ˈler-ē-ə How to pronounce malaria (audio) \

Definition of malaria

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

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Other Words from malaria

malarial \ mə-​ˈler-​ē-​əl How to pronounce malarial (audio) \ adjective
malarious \ mə-​ˈler-​ē-​əs How to pronounce malarious (audio) \ adjective

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Swamps were a haven for mosquitoes, creating a ripe environment for malaria that would remain undiscovered until the 19th century. Kristine Phillips, The Seattle Times, "Archaeologists find ‘vampire burial’ site of a child feared capable of rising from the dead," 26 Oct. 2018 The death toll, too, will almost certainly rise; cases of cholera have now been reported, along with an increase in malaria cases. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 Mosquitoes have an ugly track record of spreading everything from the Zika virus to dengue fever to malaria. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Zika’s Long-Term Toll Is Heavy for Children," 7 Aug. 2018 Another type of beneficial gene might kill malaria parasites in mosquitoes before they can be transmitted, a strategy known as population modification. Anthony A. James, STAT, "Gene-drive technology must be developed in a safe, ethical way," 10 July 2018 From fake malaria drugs to herbal supplements filled with stimulants, counterfeit medicine is everywhere. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How fake drugs can make you sicker — even if you never take them," 24 May 2018 Dalton is doing work for the U.S. Department of Defense to develop and test some malaria drugs. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield company president's wife banned from entering United States," 2 July 2018 That’s a whole other part of the Gates funding portfolio—things like the attempt to genetically engineer an antiparasitical mosquito, which would be incapable of transmitting malaria. Felix Salmon, WIRED, "Musk, Zuckerberg, Bezos, and Ethically Iffy ‘Philanthropy," 15 May 2018 Fighting malaria, for example, is a case where money continues to make a big difference even at scale, and the Gates Foundation has committed $2 billion to the fight. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "It’s surprisingly hard to give away billions of dollars," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of malaria

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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 How to pronounce malaria (audio) \

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 How to pronounce malaria (audio) \

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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