a severe form of malaria characterized by kidney damage and hemoglobinuria resulting in urine that is dark red or black.
Words nearby blackwater fever
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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Medical 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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