kala-azar

[ kah-lah-ah-zahr, kah-luh-az-er ]
/ ˌkɑ lɑ ɑˈzɑr, ˌkɑ ləˈæz ər /

noun Pathology.

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.

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Also called Dumdum fever, visceral leishmaniasis.

Origin of kala-azar

1880–85; <Hindi, equivalent to kālā black + Persian āzār disease

Words nearby kala-azar

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Example sentences from the Web for kala-azar

  • It is commonly known as "Kala-azar," or "dum-dum" fever, and more technically as tropical leishmaniasis.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley

British Dictionary definitions for kala-azar

kala-azar
/ (ˌkɑːləəˈzɑː) /

noun

a tropical infectious disease caused by the protozoan Leishmania donovani in the liver, spleen, etc, characterized by fever and weight loss; visceral leishmaniasis

Word Origin for kala-azar

from Assamese kālā black + āzār disease
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Medical definitions for kala-azar

kala-azar
[ kä′lə-ə-zär ]

n.

visceral leishmaniasis
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