or n'ga·na

[ nuh-gah-nuh ]

nounVeterinary 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.

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-/ .

Words Nearby nagana Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nagana in a sentence

  • 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


/ (nəˈɡɑːnə) /

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

Origin of nagana

from Zulu u-nakane

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