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malaria

[muh-lair-ee-uh]
noun
  1. Pathology. any of a group of diseases, usually intermittent or remittent, characterized by attacks of chills, fever, and sweating: formerly supposed to be due to swamp exhalations but now known to be caused by a parasitic protozoan, which is transferred to the human bloodstream by a mosquito of the genus Anopheles and which occupies and destroys red blood cells.
  2. Archaic. unwholesome or poisonous air.
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Origin of malaria

1730–40; < Italian, contraction of mala aria bad air
Related formsma·lar·i·al, ma·lar·i·an, ma·lar·i·ous, adjectivenon·ma·lar·i·al, adjectivenon·ma·lar·i·an, adjectivenon·ma·lar·i·ous, adjectivepost·ma·lar·i·al, adjectivepseu·do·ma·lar·i·a, nounun·ma·lar·i·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for malarious

Historical Examples

  • Malarious: causing the air to be bad, and so giving rise to fevers; unhealthy.

    The History of London

    Walter Besant

  • The ground was malarious, and many soldiers died of disease.

  • The wind swept harder and damper over the malarious lowland.

  • During the month of May we had both suffered from malarious fever.

    A Glimpse at Guatemala

    Anne Cary Maudslay

  • The trouble with missionaries has been that they stick to the coast line, which is malarious.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd


British Dictionary definitions for malarious

malaria

noun
  1. an infectious disease characterized by recurring attacks of chills and fever, caused by the bite of an anopheles mosquito infected with any of four protozoans of the genus Plasmodium (P. vivax, P. falciparum, P. malariae, or P. ovale)
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Derived Formsmalarial, malarian or malarious, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Italian mala aria bad air, from the belief that the disease was caused by the unwholesome air in swampy districts
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Word Origin and History for malarious

malaria

n.

1740, from Italian mal'aria, from mala aria, literally "bad air," from mala "bad" (fem. of malo, from Latin malus; see mal-) + aria "air" (see air (n.1)). Probably first used by Italian physician Francisco Torti (1658-1741). The disease, now known to be mosquito-borne, once was thought to be caused by foul air in marshy districts. Replaced native ague.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

malarious in Medicine

malaria

(mə-lârē-ə)
n.
  1. An infectious disease characterized by cycles of chills, fever, and sweating, caused by the parasitic infection of red blood cells by a protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, which is transmitted by the bite of an infected female anopheles mosquito.jungle fever paludism swamp fever
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Related formsma•lari•al null null adj.
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malarious in Science

malaria

[mə-lârē-ə]
  1. An infectious disease of tropical areas caused by the parasitic infection of red blood cells by a protozoan of the genus Plasmodium, which is transmitted by the bite of an infected female mosquito. Malaria is characterized by recurrent episodes of chills, fever, sweating, and anemia and is endemic in Africa, Central America, and much of Southern Asia and northern South America.
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malarious in Culture

malaria

[(muh-lair-ee-uh)]

An infectious disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Persons suffering from malaria experience periodic episodes of chills and fever.

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