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See also: kala azar


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From Hindi काला (kālā, black) + आज़ार (āzār, fever).



kala-azar (usually uncountable, plural kala-azars)

  1. (medicine) Visceral leishmaniasis.
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 298:
      A chronic disease, invariably fatal, kala azar makes its presence known by the appearance of pustulating epidermal ulcers, marasmus and enlargement of the spleen.
    • 2011, Deepika Phukan, translating Arupa Patangia Kalita, The Story of Felanee:
      Ratanmala was afraid of these but what frightened her even more was the fever, kala azar, which had taken so many lives including that of her uncle's first born.
    • 2010, Mosby's Pocket Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, 6th edition, St. Louis, MO: Mosby, →ISBN, page 68:
      It is administered by IV infusion in the treatment of severe systemic fungal infections and kala-azars in patients refractory to or intolerant of conventional amphotericin B therapy.