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Meaning of malaria

ma•lar•i•a

Pronunciation: (mu-lâr'ē-u), [key]
— n.
  1. any of a group of diseases, usually intermittent or remittent, characterized by attacks of chills, fever, and sweating: formerly supposed to be due to swamp exhalations but now known to be caused by a parasitic protozoan, which is transferred to the human bloodstream by a mosquito of the genus Anopheles and which occupies and destroys red blood cells.
  2. unwholesome or poisonous air.
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