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a severe form of malaria characterized by kidney damage and hemoglobinuria resulting in urine that is dark red or black.
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Origin of blackwater fever
First recorded in 1880–85
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How to use blackwater fever in a sentence
A few days later Randall developed black-water fever and died.The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies|Frank Worthington
He had been a long while recovering from the wound that had crippled him, and from the black-water fever.Sacrifice|Stephen French Whitman
Malarial and black-water fever are prevalent in Dar-es-Salaam.Seven Legs Across the Seas|Samuel Murray
"We've got black-water fever on board now, Brasse," he said in a weary voice.The White Blackbird|Hudson Douglas
We are surrounded by mangrove swamps, and they breed mosquitos, and consequently malaria and black-water fever.
British Dictionary definitions for blackwater fever (1 of 2)
med a rare and serious complication of malaria, characterized by massive destruction of red blood cells, producing dark red or blackish urine
British Dictionary definitions for blackwater fever (2 of 2)
vet science a form of babesiosis seen in cattle, deer, bison, water buffalo, African buffalo, and reindeer; characterized by fever, depression, jaundice, dark red-black discolouration of the urine, anaemia, and deathAlso called: Texas fever
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