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[nuh-gah-nuh] /nəˈgɑ nə/
noun, Veterinary Pathology
a disease of horses and other animals, widespread in parts of Africa, caused by the organism Trypanosoma brucei, and transmitted by a variety of tsetse fly.
any trypanosomal disease of animals that is transmitted by the tsetse fly.
Also called tsetse disease [tset-see, tet-, tsee-tsee, tee-] /ˈtsɛt si, ˈtɛt-, ˈtsi tsi, ˈti-/ (Show IPA).
Origin of nagana
1890-95; < Nguni; compare Zulu unukane, ulunakane, izinakane Unabridged
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  • The tsetse fly carries the trypanosome parasite, which causes sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in livestock.
British Dictionary definitions for nagana


a disease of domesticated animals of central and southern Africa, caused by parasitic protozoa of the genus Trypanosoma transmitted by tsetse flies
Word Origin
from Zulu u-nakane
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