- a chronic, usually fatal disease occurring in tropical areas of Asia and the Western Hemisphere, characterized by irregular fever, enlargement of the spleen, anemia, and emaciation, caused by the protozoan Leishmania donovani.
Origin of kala-azar
1880–85; < Hindi, equivalent to kālā black + Persian āzār disease
Also called Dumdum fever, visceral leishmaniasis.
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- a tropical infectious disease caused by the protozoan Leishmania donovani in the liver, spleen, etc, characterized by fever and weight loss; visceral leishmaniasis
from Assamese kālā black + āzār disease
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