Definition of anopheles in English:


Syllabification: a·noph·e·les
Pronunciation: /əˈnäfəˌlēz
(also anopheles mosquito)


  • A mosquito of a genus that is particularly common in warmer countries and includes the mosquitoes that transmit the malarial parasite to humans. Compare with culex.
    • Genus Anopheles, subfamily Anophelinae, family Culicidae
    More example sentences
    • Of the thousands of mosquito types, only the genus anopheles transmits malaria to humans.
    • Millions of people die each year from malaria, which is transmitted through the bite of the anopheles mosquito.
    • Among a dozen mosquito types in Milan, experts are keeping a close eye out for the anopheles mosquito which is capable of transmitting malaria.



Pronunciation: /-ˌlīn, -lin/
adjective & noun
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  • Both culicine and anopheline mosquitoes can now be transformed, and genetic constructs that block the development of malaria parasites in transformed mosquitoes have been produced.
  • Intriguingly, the bias observed here was restricted to culicines, suggesting that loss from these taxa occurs at a higher rate than from anophelines, despite the fact that culicine genomes are up to eight times larger.
  • During a single feeding bout, lasting 4 to 5 min, a female anopheline mosquito can increase mass by more than 200%.


late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek anōphelēs 'unprofitable, useless'.

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