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kala-azar

[ kah-lah-ah-zahr, kah-luh-az-er ]

noun

, Pathology.
  1. 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.


kala-azar

/ ˌkɑːləəˈzɑː /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of kala-azar1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of kala-azar1

from Assamese kālā black + āzār disease

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Example Sentences

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

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