kala-azar

kala-azar

[kah-lah-ah-zahr, kah-luh-az-er]
noun Pathology.
a chronic, usually fatal disease occurring in tropical areas of Asia and the Western Hemisphere, characterized by irregular fever, enlargement of the spleen, anemia, and emaciation, caused by the protozoan Leishmania donovani.
Also called Dumdum fever, visceral leishmaniasis.


Origin:
1880–85; < Hindi, equivalent to kālā black + Persian āzār disease

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kala-azar (ˌkɑːləəˈzɑː)
 
n
a tropical infectious disease caused by the protozoan Leishmania donovani in the liver, spleen, etc, characterized by fever and weight loss; visceral leishmaniasis
 
[from Assamese kālā black + āzār disease]

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kala-azar ka·la-a·zar (kä'lə-ə-zär')
n.
See visceral leishmaniasis.

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