Definition of Anopheles

1. Noun. Malaria mosquitoes; distinguished by the adult's head-downward stance and absence of breathing tubes in the larvae.

Exact synonyms: Genus Anopheles
Generic synonyms: Arthropod Genus
Group relationships: Culicidae, Family Culicidae
Member holonyms: Anopheline, Malaria Mosquito, Malarial Mosquito

Definition of Anopheles

1. n. A genus of mosquitoes which are secondary hosts of the malaria parasites, and whose bite is the usual, if not the only, means of infecting human beings with malaria. Several species are found in the United States. They may be distinguished from the ordinary mosquitoes of the genus Culex by the long slender palpi, nearly equaling the beak in length, while those of the female Culex are very short. They also assume different positions when resting, Culex usually holding the body parallel to the surface on which it rests and keeping the head and beak bent at an angle, while Anopheles holds the body at an angle with the surface and the head and beak in line with it. Unless they become themselves infected by previously biting a subject affected with malaria, the insects cannot transmit the disease.

Definition of Anopheles

1. Noun. (entomology) A member of the Anopheles genus of mosquitos, which can carry the parasite which causes malaria. ¹

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Medical Definition of Anopheles

1. A genus of mosquitoes (culicidae) that are known vectors of malaria. (12 Dec 1998)

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Literary usage of Anopheles

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1. The Journal of Experimental Medicine by Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1920)
"(Received for publication, April 14, 1920.) Doubt has existed in the minds of certain sanitarians in Farther India as to the part played by Anopheles ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1916)
"her of careful investigators of malaria and Anopheles than any other region. The fact that certain species of Anopheles occurred only in proximity to man, ..."

3. Transactions by Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society, Norwick Eng, Thomas Southwell, Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society (1904)
"In Anopheles, the palpi, in both male and female, are aa long as the proboscis; in Culex, ... The Anopheles maculipennis has four black spots on each wing ..."

4. Mosquitoes: How They Live; how They Carry Disease; how They are Classified by Leland Ossian Howard (1902)
"Dr. WS Thayer has informed me that he found Anopheles crucians and Anopheles maculipennis hibernating in enormous numbers in barns near New Orleans, ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1920)
"Anopheles crucians has been found in salt water at times. It seems desirable to record certain cases of the distribution of larvée of malarial mosquitoes in ..."

6. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1900)
"However, before recording the distribution of anopheles at the end of the ... We find, then, that, as a result of the first rain shower, anopheles larva; ..."

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