Definition of malaria in English:



  • [mass noun] An intermittent and remittent fever caused by a protozoan parasite which invades the red blood cells and is transmitted by mosquitoes in many tropical and subtropical regions.

    • ‘With thousands of bodies lying on streets there was a risk of malaria and dengue fever.’
    • ‘Benign tertian malaria may not be seen until several years after arrival.’
    • ‘These mutations and their impact on the epidemiology of malaria are described below.’
    • ‘In tropical and sub-tropical areas, malaria is one of the world's biggest killers.’
    • ‘Tony Campolo said that response is like trying to get rid of malaria by killing mosquitoes.’
    • ‘Small changes in the distribution of malaria may therefore expose large numbers of people to infection.’
    • ‘More heat will also mean the spread of water-borne diseases such as malaria.’
    • ‘Tuberculosis and malaria are the two major causes of illness and death in the nation.’
    • ‘Fever or malaria remained the second most important cause of death throughout the recall period.’
    • ‘Preventable diseases such as malaria and diarrhea and cholera are a major killer.’
    • ‘The threats of malaria and diarrhoeal diseases will only further increase with the onset of rains.’
    • ‘Japanese researchers may have discovered how to block an essential step in the transmission of malaria.’
    • ‘Others die as the result of completely avoidable diseases such as malaria and diarrhoea.’
    • ‘The result of this was a significant increase in cases of malaria and dengue fever.’
    • ‘Fixed dose drugs have proved successful in treating malaria and tuberculosis.’
    • ‘Most people get malaria by being bitten by an infected female Anopheles mosquito.’
    • ‘Adults with malaria who grew up in parts of Africa where malaria is endemic are common in our intensive care unit.’
    • ‘The majority of the people she sees are suffering from malaria, tuberculosis and skin diseases.’
    • ‘We found limited evidence linking number of mosquito bites and risk of malaria.’
    • ‘It has been known for some time that some mosquitoes transmit malaria, while others do not.’


Mid 18th century: from Italian, from mal'aria, contracted form of mala aria bad air. The term originally denoted the unwholesome atmosphere caused by the exhalations of marshes, to which the disease was formerly attributed.