blackwater fever

  1. a severe form of malaria characterized by kidney damage and hemoglobinuria resulting in urine that is dark red or black.

Origin of blackwater fever

First recorded in 1880–85

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British Dictionary definitions for blackwater fever (1 of 2)

blackwater fever

  1. 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 black-water fever (2 of 2)

black-water fever

  1. 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 death: Also called: Texas fever

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