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Definition of "anopheles" [a•noph•e•les]

  • Any of various mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles, which can carry the malaria parasite and transmit the disease to humans. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "anopheles" in a sentence
  • "The strains which were transferable through anopheles have all proved to be gamete producers; and the English writers mentioned in particular state that the transference by anopheles is the easier, the richer in gametes the donor's blood is."
  • "Malaria is caused by another mosquito, called the anopheles and while malaria is seldom fatal as is yellow fever, it causes much suffering and loss of time, and strong efforts should be made to prevent it."
  • "Some anopheles mosquitoes carry the malaria parasite, which they can inject into human bloodstreams when taking their meals."