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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Does that mean there are forms of malaria that can’t be cured? Washington Post, "A drug-resistant strain of malaria is making the disease ‘almost untreatable’ in southeast Asia," 30 July 2019 The idea that Bill Gates is the one guy who should be out there curing malaria is ludicrous to me. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "AOC’s policy adviser makes the case for abolishing billionaires," 9 July 2019 In places where malaria was prevalent, the mutation offered protection. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "How One Child’s Sickle Cell Mutation Helped Protect the World From Malaria," 8 Mar. 2018 And in the Western Hemisphere, the disease burden of Chagas is almost eight times that of malaria. Marc Burckhardt, National Geographic, "A little-known parasite infects 300,000 people in the U.S.," 17 June 2019 Students have won national science competitions with projects to stabilize drones in flight and use them to detect the risk of malaria. Sophia Kunthara, SFChronicle.com, "Tiburon considers ban on drones over schools," 8 June 2019 In time, he was diagnosed and spent a month in an Army hospital, given a new job outside of the infantry and barred from deploying to malaria zones for 10 years. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio veteran says his unit went ‘back to the Stone Age’ to survive Korean War rout," 25 June 2019 And by providing mosquitos with bountiful nectar, the mesquite might be helping malaria advance into new areas. Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic, "An invasive, thorny tree is taking over Africa—can it be stopped?," 9 Apr. 2019 High bone density, a hemoglobin that boosts malaria resistance, and a third retinal cone that improves color vision are some human examples. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Could Shark DNA Help Fight Cancer in Humans?," 22 Feb. 2019

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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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