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1. An infectious disease characterized by cycles of chills, fever, and sweating, caused by a protozoan of the genus Plasmodium in red blood cells, which is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected female anopheles mosquito.
2. Archaic Bad or foul air; miasma.
[Italian, from mala aria, bad air (from the belief that malaria was caused by vapors emanating from swamps, rather than mosquitos that bred there ) : mala, feminine of malo, bad (from Latin malus; see mel- in Indo-European roots) + aria, air; see aria.]
ma·lar′i·al, ma·lar′i·an, ma·lar′i·ous adj.
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|Adj.||1.||malarial - of or infected by or resembling malaria; "malarial fever"|
malarial[məˈlɛərɪəl] ADJ → palúdico
adj → Malaria-