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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British Dictionary definitions for black-water fever (1 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
British Dictionary definitions for black-water fever (2 of 2)
med a rare and serious complication of malaria, characterized by massive destruction of red blood cells, producing dark red or blackish urine
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Medicine definitions for black-water fever
[ blăk′wô′tər ]
A serious, often fatal complication of falciparum malaria, characterized by the passage of bloody, dark red, or black urine.
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