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[kah-lah-ah-zahr, kah-luh-az-er] /ˌkɑ lɑ ɑˈzɑr, ˌkɑ ləˈæz ər/
noun, Pathology.
a chronic, usually fatal disease occurring in tropical areas of Asia and the Western Hemisphere, characterized by irregular fever, enlargement of the spleen, anemia, and emaciation, caused by the protozoan Leishmania donovani.
Also called Dumdum fever, visceral leishmaniasis.
Origin of kala-azar
1880-85; < Hindi, equivalent to kālā black + Persian āzār disease Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is commonly known as "kala-azar," or "dum-dum" fever, and more technically as tropical leishmaniasis.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
British Dictionary definitions for kala-azar


a tropical infectious disease caused by the protozoan Leishmania donovani in the liver, spleen, etc, characterized by fever and weight loss; visceral leishmaniasis
Word Origin
from Assamese kālā black + āzār disease
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kala-azar in Medicine

kala-azar ka·la-a·zar (kä'lə-ə-zär')
See visceral leishmaniasis.

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