Definition of kala-azar in English:

kala-azar

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Pronunciation: /ˌkɑːləˌəˈzɑː
 
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noun

[mass noun]
A form of the disease leishmaniasis marked by emaciation, anaemia, fever, and enlargement of the liver and spleen.
  • This is caused by Leishmania donovani, phylum Kinetoplastida, kingdom Protista
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  • Why have these partnerships ignored the most neglected diseases, such as kala-azar, Chagas' disease, and sleeping sickness?
  • Still scrounging for food and blighted by diseases like kala-azar and tuberculosis, many live as bonded labourers, and face acute food shortage and starvation every year.
  • Most cases of HIV related kala-azar have so far been reported in southern Europe along the Mediterranean basin.

Origin

late 19th century: from Assamese, from kālā 'black' + āzār 'disease' (because of the bronzing of the skin often associated with it).

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