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 This strategy is used routinely in malaria zones and even for HIV. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, "New Antiviral Drug Cocktail Could Help India Control Brutal Covid-19 Surge," 5 May 2021 The mosquito kills more people than any other animals because of malaria and other diseases. Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, "Nature at its craziest: Trillions of cicadas about to emerge," 5 May 2021 The mosquito kills more people than any other animals because of malaria and other diseases. Fox News, "Trillions of cicadas about to emerge across US," 5 May 2021 Once hailed as a wonder pesticide, DDT saved crops and combated malaria across the world. Rosanna Xia Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Stunning DDT dump site off L.A. coast much bigger than scientists expected," 26 Apr. 2021 Global warming has placed 1 billion more people at risk of mosquito-borne diseases, including dengue, Zika, and malaria. Alice Hill, STAT, "Climate change and human immunity: invest now or pay more later," 24 Apr. 2021 However, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have waned as malaria treatments in many parts of the world, as resistant strains of the disease have emerged, according to Michal Fishman, a spokesperson with the nonprofit Malaria No More. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Feds want a Utah pharmacist who illegally imported malaria drugs to destroy them. He’s pitching a different plan.," 24 Apr. 2021 But the malaria parasite’s complex life cycle and shifting surface proteins have challenged vaccine developers. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Malaria vaccine has striking early success after decades of disappointment," 23 Apr. 2021 In January, the global nonprofit PATH, which is headquartered in the US, announced it had been chosen by the US President’s Malaria Initiative to lead a $30 million malaria project in Africa. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, "A new US-led malaria initiative has African scientists calling for the “decolonization” of donor funding," 21 Apr. 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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9 May 2021

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“Malaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malaria. Accessed 9 May. 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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