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nagana, noun

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Also ngana.
Origin:
ZuluShow more Englished form of Zulu ulunakane, unakane.
Pathology
An often fatal disease of domestic livestock which is characterized by fevers, lethargy, and oedematous swellings, and caused by the parasite Trypanosoma brucei, which is transmitted by flies of the genus Glossina; fly sense 2 a; tsetse sense 2 a. Also attributive.
1895 D. Bruce (title)Preliminary report on the tsetse fly-disease, or nagana, in Zululand.
1988 T.J. Lindsay Shadow (1990) 35The vehicles passed through the old tsetse fly gates that once indicated the Health Department’s boundary fence preventing flies and infected, but immune, game from entering the unsprayed areas and bringing the menace of sleeping sickness to humans or nagana to cattle.
An often fatal disease of domestic livestock which is characterized by fevers, lethargy, and oedematous swellings, and caused by the parasite Trypanosoma brucei, which is transmitted by flies of the genus Glossina; fly2 a; tsetse2 a. Also attributive.

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