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Meaning of MALARIA

Pronunciation:  mu'lehreeu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  an infective disease caused by sporozoan parasites that are transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito; marked by paroxysms of chills and fever

MALARIA is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: ague, blackwater fever, chills and fever, jungle fever, protozoal infection



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ma*la"ri*a\, n. [It., contr. fr. malaaria bad air. See
{Malice}, and Air.]
1. Air infected with some noxious substance capable of
   engendering disease; esp., an unhealthy exhalation from
   certain soils, as marshy or wet lands, producing fevers;

Note: The morbific agent in malaria is supposed by some to be
      a vegetable microbe or its spores, and by others to be
      a very minute animal blood parasite (an infusorian).

2. (Med.) A morbid condition produced by exhalations from
   decaying vegetable matter in contact with moisture, giving
   rise to fever and ague and many other symptoms
   characterized by their tendency to recur at definite and
   usually uniform intervals.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A disease caused by a number of protozoan parasites from the genus Plasmodium and spread by female mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles. The four species of Plasmodium which cause malaria are P. vivax, P. ovale, P. malariae, and <EM>P. falciparum</EM>. The disease most commonly occurs in the tropics and subtropics, such as Central America, South America, Southeast Asia, the Caribbeans, the South Pacific Islands, and sub-Saharan Africa. Symptoms appear anywhere from a week to a month after the mosquito bite, and include high fever, shaking chills, sweats, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, anemia, and sometimes vomiting and coughing. If left untreated, symptoms progress to fluid in the lungs, liver failure, kidney failure, brain swelling, coma, and death.

For more information, visit Malaria Fact Sheet.

Thesaurus Terms
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