- Archaic unwholesome or poisonous air, as from marshy ground; miasma
Origin of malariafrom the former notion that it was caused by the bad air of swamps an infectious disease, generally intermittent and recurrent, caused by any of various protozoans (genus Plasmodium) that are parasitic in the red blood corpuscles and are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected anopheles mosquito: it is characterized by severe chills and fever
Origin of malariaIt, contr. from mala aria, bad air: see mal- and aria
- An infectious disease characterized by cycles of chills, fever, and sweating, caused by a protozoan of the genus Plasmodium in red blood cells, which is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected female anopheles mosquito.
- Archaic Bad or foul air; miasma.
Origin of malariaItalian from mala aria bad air ( from the belief that malaria was caused by vapors emanating from swamps, rather than mosquitos that bred there ) mala feminine of malo bad ( from Latin malus ; see mel-3 in Indo-European roots.) aria air ; see aria .
- ma·lar′i·al ma·lar′i·an ma·lar′i·ous