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visceral leishmaniasis

noun, Pathology.


[kah-lah-ah-zahr, kah-luh-az-er] /ˌkɑ lɑ ɑˈzɑr, ˌkɑ ləˈæz ər/
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 of kala-azar
1880-85; < Hindi, equivalent to kālā black + Persian āzār disease Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for visceral-leishmaniasis


a tropical infectious disease caused by the protozoan Leishmania donovani in the liver, spleen, etc, characterized by fever and weight loss; visceral leishmaniasis
Word Origin
from Assamese kālā black + āzār disease
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visceral-leishmaniasis in Medicine

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

visceral leishmaniasis n.
A chronic, often fatal disease occurring chiefly in Asia, caused by a protozoan parasite (Leishmania donovani) and characterized by irregular fever, enlargement of the spleen and liver, and emaciation. Also called kala-azar.

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