Kala-azar meaning

kälə-ə-zär
A type of leishmaniasis occurring chiefly in India, caused by the protozoan parasite Leishmania donovani and characterized by fever, enlargement of the spleen and liver, progressive anemia and leukopenia, and weight loss.
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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.
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A type of leishmaniasis occurring chiefly in India, caused by the protozoan parasite Leishmania donovani and characterized by fever, enlargement of the spleen and liver, progressive anemia and leukopenia, and weight loss.
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(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