Definitions of malaria

  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.
  2. 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.
  3. A protozoan disease caused in humans by four species of the genus PLASMODIUM ( P. falciparum ( MALARIA, FALCIPARUM); P. vivax ( MALARIA, VIVAX); P. ovale, and P. malariae) and transmitted by the bite of an infected female mosquito of the genus Anopheles. Malaria is endemic in parts of Asia, Africa, Central and South America, Oceania, and certain Caribbean islands. It is characterized by extreme exhaustion associated with paroxysms of high fever, sweating, shaking chills, and anemia. Malaria in animals is caused by other species of plasmodia.
  4. Harmful vapors from marshy land, supposed to produce fevers, etc.; disease produced by the bite of certain mosquitoes which carry the germs; chills and fever.
  5. Malarial.
  6. Noxious vapor producing malaria.
  7. The noxious exhalations of marshy districts, producing fever, etc: miasma.
  8. Malarious, Malarial.
  9. Exhalations of marshes, & c., producing fever.
  10. Any foul air or exhalation, or a disease attributed to it; chills and fever.
  11. Malarious.
  12. A noxious exhalation, from marshy land especially, producing fever, miasma, & c.
  13. Peculiar exhalations from marshy districts which produce fevers and ague.

Usage examples for malaria

  1. Anything approaching swampy, or even wet lands, in a climate like this, would be almost certain to breed malaria. – On the Pampas by G. A. Henty
  2. The continual palm- trees, which, shooting up in all directions, add grace and beauty to every scene, must form terrible receptacles for malaria; the fog and mist are said to cling to their branches and hang round them like a cloud, when dispersed by sun or wind elsewhere; the very idea suggesting fever and ague. – Notes of an Overland Journey Through France and Egypt to Bombay by Miss Emma Roberts
  3. Perhaps a touch of malaria. – Chita: A Memory of Last Island by Lafcadio Hearn
  4. Constant exhalations of malaria take place till the return of the cold weather. – Fall-of-the-Moghul-Empire-of-Hindustan by Keene, H. G. (Henry George)
  5. There is one other aspect of the yellow fever campaign which must be mentioned before going on to describe the fight with malaria. – The Panama Canal and its Makers by Vaughan Cornish
  6. You must expect hard knots, and rough by- ways, and malaria, and all the rest of it. – A Daughter of the Vine by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  7. In our own ship, we have recently had many cases of fever, where the patients have neither slept on shore, nor been exposed to the peculiar malaria of rivers. – Journal of an African Cruiser by Horatio Bridge
  8. It therefore might claim attention as a fruitful and productive country but for the malaria of its swampy rivers and low lands. – The Sea: Its Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril, & Heroism. Volume 1 by Frederick Whymper
  9. If he had malaria it clung to him year after year, while he grew more reserved and silent, and saw less and less of the people. – The Cromptons by Mary J. Holmes
  10. The first evil results experienced from the presence of malaria are confined bowels and an oppressive languor, excessive drowsiness, and a constant disposition to yawn. – How I Found Livingstone by Sir Henry M. Stanley
  11. And your place isn't here in the midst of cholera and famine and malaria. – Mortmain by Arthur Cheny Train
  12. He was drawn out, exclaiming, " that he had taken his last dose of malaria in this world." – Crotchet-Castle by Peacock, Thomas Love
  13. It's only a touch of malaria, my dear Clara. – Red Money by Fergus Hume
  14. Wide- eyed, hurried Americans came, saw, and bought a picture, and went away again; English sightseers came for Christmas or Easter, and bought a few old masters; but the mass of those who stayed for long were invalids, who settled down and tried to keep as much in the sun as possible, for the universal belief then was that to live out of the sunshine was to contract mortal malaria. – The Autobiography of a Journalist, Volume I by William James Stillman
  15. I still think the secret of all yo' trouble is malaria; I haven't a doubt you brought it with you from the North! – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable
  16. I think it most probable- though, of course, it's only an opinion- that you'll all have the deuce to pay before you get that malaria out of your systems. – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  17. But I could not well explain the capricious way in which I had endeavored to guard against the germs of malaria, and to call my own attention to the threatening germs of erratic fancy. – A Bicycle of Cathay by Frank R. Stockton