Leprosy meaning

lĕprə-sē
A chronic, mildly contagious disease of tropical and subtropical regions, caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae, marked by lesions of the skin and mucous membranes and damage to peripheral nerves and other organs that, if untreated, can progress to disfigurement, lack of sensation, and blindness.
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A progressive infectious disease caused by a bacterium (Mycobacterium leprae) that attacks the skin, flesh, nerves, etc.; it is characterized by nodules, ulcers, white scaly scabs, deformities, and the eventual loss of sensation, and is apparently communicated only after long and close contact.
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A chronic, mildly contagious disease of tropical and subtropical regions, caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae, marked by lesions of the skin and mucous membranes and damage to peripheral nerves and other organs that, if untreated, can progress to disfigurement, lack of sensation, and blindness.
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A slowly progressive, chronic infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae, that damages nerves, skin, and mucous membranes, and can lead to loss of sensation, paralysis, gangrene, and deformity if untreated.
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An infectious disease caused by infection by Mycobacterium leprae.

The Europeans brought new diseases such as smallpox, measles, dysentery, influenza, syphilis and leprosy.

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In the Bible, a disease of the skin not conclusively identified, which can also affect clothes and houses.
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Origin of leprosy

  • Middle English lepruse from leprus leprous leprous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin leprōsia.

    From Wiktionary