Kala-azar Definition

kälə-ə-zär
noun
An infectious disease, a type of leishmaniasis, that occurs in subtropical or tropical areas, caused by a protozoan parasite (Leishmania donovani) transmitted by sand flies (esp. genus Phlebotomus), and characterized by an enlarged spleen and liver, irregular fever, anemia, etc.
Webster's New World
(pathology) Visceral leishmaniasis.
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Origin of Kala-azar

  • Urdu kālā āzār kālā black (from Sanskrit kāla- Kali) āzār disease (from Persian) (from Middle Persian pain, torment) (from āzārdan āzār- to torment) (ā- to) (-zār- to make angry)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Assamese [script?] (kaalaa, “black”) + [script?] (aazaar, “disease”).

    From Wiktionary

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