Definition of Malaria

1. Noun. 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.

Specialized synonyms: Blackwater Fever, Jungle Fever
Generic synonyms: Protozoal Infection
Terms within: Ague, Chills And Fever
Derivative terms: Malarial

Definition of Malaria

1. n. Air infected with some noxious substance capable of engendering disease; esp., an unhealthy exhalation from certain soils, as marshy or wet lands, producing fevers; miasma.

Definition of Malaria

1. Noun. A disease spread by mosquito, in which a protozoan, ''Plasmodium'', multiplies in blood every few days. ¹

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Definition of Malaria

1. an infectious disease [n -S] : MALARIAL, MALARIAN [adj]

Medical Definition of Malaria

1. In humans, the set of diseases caused by infection by the protozoans Plasmodium vivax causing the tertian type, P. Malariae the quartan type and P. Falciparum the quotidian or irregular type of disease, the names referring to the frequency of fevers. The fevers occur when the merozoites are released from the erythrocytes. The organisms are transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Malaria

malar arch
malar bone
malar flush
malar fold
malar foramen
malar lymph node
malar node
malar point
malar process
malaria (current term)
malaria comatosa
malaria mosquito
malaria mosquitos
malaria parasite
malaria vaccines
malariae malaria
malarial cachexia
malarial crescent
malarial haemoglobinuria
malarial knobs
malarial mosquito
malarial periodicity
malarial pigment

Literary usage of Malaria

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Chambers's Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge (1901)
"Wind exerts a certain influence upon malaria, for it can carry the poison from a marsh to a healthy spot, probably to the distance of three miles; ..."

2. The Journal of Experimental Medicine by Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1920)
"Strickland in his report to the Principal Medical Officer of the Federated Malay States, on the cause of the outbreak of malaria at Morib, Federated Malay ..."

3. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1902)
"The various hypotheses put forward as to the nature of the crescentic and flagellating forms of the malaria parasite, and the suggestions made, ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"Symmetrical Gangrene Occurring in Patients with malaria.—EJ WOOD (Jour. Amer. Med. Assoc., 1907, xlix, 1891) reports 8 cases, in all of which there were ..."

5. Tropical Diseases: A Manual of the Diseases of Warm Climates by Patrick Manson (1919)
"CIRCUMSTANCES FAVOURING INFECTION In the mosquito-malaria theory, now thoroughly established, we have the key to this problem. Whatever favours fhe presence ..."

6. International Catalogue of Scientific Literature by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1907)
"In: Arbeiten der Pirogov'sehen Kommission zum Studium der malaria in ... S. Die natürliche Ansteckung mit malaria in einem Lazarett im November. (Russ. ..."

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