Definition: Malaria

From New World Encyclopedia


Borrowed from Italian malaria, formed from mal- (bad) and aria (air). Displaced native Old English unlyft ‎(bad air).


malaria (countable and uncountable, plural malarias)

  1. A disease spread by mosquito, in which a protozoan, Plasmodium, multiplies in blood every few days.

Derived terms

  • antimalarial
  • falciparum malaria
  • knowlesi malaria
  • malarial
  • malaria mosquito
  • vivax malaria


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