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malaria


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Malaria  \Ma*la"ri*a\,  n.  [It.,  contr.  fr  malaaria  bad  air.  See 
  {Malice},  and  Air.] 
  1.  Air  infected  with  some  noxious  substance  capable  of 
  engendering  disease;  esp.,  an  unhealthy  exhalation  from 
  certain  soils,  as  marshy  or  wet  lands,  producing  fevers; 
  miasma. 
 
  Note:  The  morbific  agent  in  malaria  is  supposed  by  some  to  be 
  a  vegetable  microbe  or  its  spores,  and  by  others  to  be 
  a  very  minute  animal  blood  parasite  (an  infusorian). 
 
  2.  (Med.)  A  morbid  condition  produced  by  exhalations  from 
  decaying  vegetable  matter  in  contact  with  moisture,  giving 
  rise  to  fever  and  ague  and  many  other  symptoms 
  characterized  by  their  tendency  to  recur  at  definite  and 
  usually  uniform  intervals. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  malaria 
  n  :  an  infective  disease  caused  by  sporozoan  parasites  that  are 
  transmitted  through  the  bite  of  an  infected  Anopheles 
  mosquito;  marked  by  paroxysms  of  chills  and  fever 




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