Definition of malaria noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈleər//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈler//
[uncountable] Ailments and diseases
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a disease that causes fever and shivering (= shaking of the body) caused by the bite of some types of mosquito An increasing number of malaria cases are reported each year. Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes. See related entries: Ailments and diseases Word Originmid 18th cent.: from Italian, from mal'aria, contracted form of mala aria ‘bad air’. The term originally denoted the unhealthy atmosphere caused by marshes, to which the disease was formerly attributed.
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