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A type of leishmaniasis occurring chiefly in India, caused by the protozoan parasite Leishmania donovani and characterized by fever, enlargement of the spleen and liver, progressive anemia and leukopenia, and weight loss.
[Urdu kālā āzār : kālā, black (from Sanskrit kāla-; see Kali) + āzār, disease (from Persian, from Middle Persian, pain, torment, from āzārdan, āzār-, to torment : ā-, to + -zār-, to make angry).]
(Pathology) 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]
ka•la-a•zar(ˌkɑ lə əˈzɑr)
a tropical parasitic disease marked by irregular fevers, enlarged spleen, and anemia, caused by the protozoan Leishmania donovani, and transmitted by sand flies.
[1880–85; < Hindi, =kālā black + Persian āzār disease]