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nagana

or n'ga·na

[nuh-gah-nuh]
noun Veterinary Pathology.
  1. a disease of horses and other animals, widespread in parts of Africa, caused by the organism Trypanosoma brucei, and transmitted by a variety of tsetse fly.
  2. any trypanosomal disease of animals that is transmitted by the tsetse fly.
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Origin of nagana

1890–95; < Nguni; compare Zulu unukane, ulunakane, izinakane
Also called tset·se disease [tset-see, tet-, tsee-tsee, tee-] /ˈtsɛt si, ˈtɛt-, ˈtsi tsi, ˈti-/.
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Examples from the Web for nagana

Historical Examples of nagana

  • Nagana is one of the most serious diseases of domestic animals in Central and Southern Africa.

    Insects and Diseases

    Rennie W. Doane

  • The nagana, or tsetse-fly disease of cattle is the most virulent disease of domestic animals in certain parts of Africa.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • In the course of his work he established beyond question that the "nagana" and the tsetse-fly disease were identical.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley


British Dictionary definitions for nagana

nagana

noun
  1. a disease of domesticated animals of central and southern Africa, caused by parasitic protozoa of the genus Trypanosoma transmitted by tsetse flies
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Word Origin for nagana

from Zulu u-nakane
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