kala-azar definition

  • noun:
    • A chronic, often deadly infection occurring mainly in Asia, due to the protozoan parasite (Leishmania donovani) and characterized by irregular fever, enlargement associated with spleen and liver, and emaciation.
    • ‘The black sickness’; a fever of India noted by an intermittent or remittent stage and a stage of continued fever, with progressive anemia, prostration, and dropsy.
    • leishmaniasis for the viscera

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