Definition of malaria in English:


Line breaks: mal|aria
Pronunciation: /məˈlɛːrɪə


[mass noun]
An intermittent and remittent fever caused by a protozoan parasite which invades the red blood cells and is transmitted by mosquitoes in many tropical and subtropical regions.
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  • The result of this was a significant increase in cases of malaria and dengue fever.
  • The threats of malaria and diarrhoeal diseases will only further increase with the onset of rains.
  • Preventable diseases such as malaria and diarrhea and cholera are a major killer.


mid 18th century: from Italian, from mal'aria, contracted form of mala aria 'bad air'. The term originally denoted the unwholesome atmosphere caused by the exhalations of marshes, to which the disease was formerly attributed.



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  • Imported malaria was defined as malarial infection acquired in an endemic country and treated in France.
  • The beneficial effects of hot baths and malarial fevers in syphilis were noted as early as the 15th century.
  • Two tertian malarial species, Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium ovale, may appear to be similar morphologically.


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  • The purpose of travel to malarious areas was reported for 495 U.S. civilians with imported malaria.
  • Travellers who take day trips from a malaria free city to a malarious region may be at minimal risk if they return to the city before dusk.
  • About 75% of the two countries is malarious, with 65% of the population at risk of infection.

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