na·​ga·​na nə-ˈgä-nə How to pronounce nagana (audio)
: trypanosomiasis (especially when caused by Trypanosoma brucei) of domestic animals

Word History


Zulu unakane, ulunakane

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nagana was in 1895

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Cite this Entry

“Nagana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants also n'gana
: a highly fatal disease of domestic animals in tropical Africa caused by a flagellated protozoan of the genus Trypanosoma and transmitted by tsetse and other biting flies
broadly : trypanosomiasis of domestic animals

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