Malaria meaning

mə-lârē-ə
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.
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(archaic) Bad or foul air; miasma.
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(archaic) Unwholesome or poisonous air, as from marshy ground; miasma.
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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.
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(archaic) Bad or foul air; miasma.
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An infectious disease of tropical areas caused by the parasitic infection of red blood cells by a protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, which is transmitted by the bite of an infected female mosquito. Malaria is characterized by recurrent episodes of chills, fever, sweating, and anemia and is endemic in Africa, Central America, and much of Southern Asia and northern South America.
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A disease spread by mosquito, in which a protozoan, Plasmodium, multiplies in blood every few days.
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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.
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Origin of malaria

  • Italian 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 mel-3 in Indo-European roots) aria air aria

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

  • From Italian mala aria meaning "bad air".

    From Wiktionary