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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The World Health Organization reported in November that the global response to malaria is at a crossroads. James Rogers, Fox News, "Malaria 'breakthrough': Disease-carrying mosquitoes wiped out in major lab experiment," 25 Sep. 2018 The company, which is not abandoning research into tropical diseases such as malaria, is looking to license its early-stage products and stressed that its Sandoz generics unit continues to manufacture and sell antibiotics and antivirals. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Most drug price hikes occurred before Azar arrived; Novartis abandons antibiotics," 12 July 2018 It is estimated that distributions have prevented 500 million cases of malaria and saved more than 4 million lives. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Bednets are one of our best tools against malaria — but myths about their misuse threaten to obscure that," 18 Oct. 2018 Diseases such as hepatitis, malaria and tuberculosis are endemic in North Korea, where many people suffer from malnutrition, poor sanitation and a lack of vaccinations and high-quality medical care. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "U.S. Blocks Aid Workers From North Korea," 11 Oct. 2018 Like a mosquito that spreads malaria, a plane can be a disease vector, too. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "What happens on plane full of sick passengers? An aerospace medicine expert explains," 6 Sep. 2018 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

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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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