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

Examples of malaria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those include hydroxychloroquine, used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, and chloroquine, used to treat malaria. Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, "11 Coronavirus Facts That Will Debunk Most of Those Myths You've Been Hearing," 2 Oct. 2020 Researchers just applied for a patent for a malaria vaccine using the self-amplifying RNA platform that showed enormous promise in a mouse model. Lawrence Gostin, Forbes, "These Four Policy Changes Could Help Us Get Vaccines For The Next Pandemic Even Faster," 2 Mar. 2021 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been credited for dramatically reducing malaria cases in Africa, saving hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Bill Gates: from computer programmer to know-it-all," 18 Feb. 2021 In 1844, the American inventor John Gorrie, a doctor who specialized in treating malaria -- also related to the birth of the G&T -- had produced a prototype of the modern air conditioner. Tulasi Srinivas, CNN, "The 'clink clink" of your New Year's Eve toast has an icy backstory," 31 Dec. 2020 In 1844, the American inventor John Gorrie, a doctor who specialized in treating malaria – also related to the birth of the G&T – had produced a prototype of the modern air conditioner. Tulasi Srinivas, The Conversation, "The icy backstory to that ‘clink clink’ you’ll hear when raising a toast to the end of 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 The Centers for Disease Control, for example, was established in 1946 to fight malaria in the Deep South and prevent its spread—also inheriting, and continuing, the evil that was the Tuskegee syphilis study. Paul Ford, Wired, "Love the USPS? Join the Infrastructure Appreciation Society!," 17 Nov. 2020 The first year and a half was marked by constant illness: her father, too, had malaria, as did siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles, while Omar contracted a serious case of chicken pox. Caroline Fraser, The New York Review of Books, "The Representative," 3 Nov. 2020 Eradication campaigns for diseases beyond those two have faltered because vaccinations can’t penetrate the places the organisms shelter in the world: for yellow fever, in monkeys; for malaria, in mosquitoes; for tetanus, in soil. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "The Pandemic Will End—but Covid-19 May Be Here to Stay," 22 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of malaria was in 1740

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“Malaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malaria. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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