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or n'gana

[nuh-gah-nuh] /nəˈgɑ nə/
noun, Veterinary Pathology.
a disease of horses and other animals, widespread in parts of Africa, caused by the organism Trypanosoma brucei, and transmitted by a variety of tsetse fly.
any trypanosomal disease of animals that is transmitted by the tsetse fly.
Also called tsetse disease [tset-see, tet-, tsee-tsee, tee-] /ˈtsɛt si, ˈtɛt-, ˈtsi tsi, ˈti-/ (Show IPA).
Origin of nagana
1890-95; < Nguni; compare Zulu unukane, ulunakane, izinakane Unabridged
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  • nagana is one of the most serious diseases of domestic animals in Central and Southern Africa.

    Insects and Diseases Rennie W. Doane
  • The nagana, or tsetse-fly disease of cattle is the most virulent disease of domestic animals in certain parts of Africa.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • In the course of his work he established beyond question that the "nagana" and the tsetse-fly disease were identical.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
British Dictionary definitions for nagana


a disease of domesticated animals of central and southern Africa, caused by parasitic protozoa of the genus Trypanosoma transmitted by tsetse flies
Word Origin
from Zulu u-nakane
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