Any of several infectious diseases, esp. kala azar, caused by protozoan parasites (genus Leishmania)
Webster's New World
A disease, such as kala-azar or either of two clinically distinct ulcerative skin diseases, caused by flagellate protozoans of the genus Leishmania.
American Heritage Medicine
Other Word Forms of Leishmaniasis
Origin of Leishmaniasis
New Latin Leishmania genus of protozoans (after Sir William Boog Leishman (1865–1926), British medical officer) –iasis
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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