leprosy


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lep·ro·sy

 (lĕp′rə-sē)
n.
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. Also called Hansen's disease.

[Middle English lepruse, from leprus, leprous; see leprous.]

lep·rot′ic (lĕ-prŏt′ĭk) adj.
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leprosy

(ˈlɛprəsɪ)
n
(Pathology) pathol a chronic infectious disease occurring mainly in tropical and subtropical regions, characterized by the formation of painful inflamed nodules beneath the skin and disfigurement and wasting of affected parts, caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae. Also called: Hansen's disease
[C16: from leprous + -y3]
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lep•ro•sy

(ˈlɛp rə si)

n.
a chronic, slowly progressing, usu. mildly infectious disease caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae, marked by destruction of tissue and loss of sensation and characterized in persons with poor resistance by numerous inflamed skin nodules and in persons with better resistance by local areas of firm, dry patches. Also called Hansen's disease.
[1525–35]
lep•rot•ic (lɛˈprɒt ɪk) adj.
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lep·ro·sy

(lĕp′rə-sē)
A disease caused by a bacterium that damages nerves, skin, and mucous membranes. Leprosy progresses slowly, but if untreated it can destroy the affected body tissues.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leprosy - chronic granulomatous communicable disease occurring in tropical and subtropical regionsleprosy - chronic granulomatous communicable disease occurring in tropical and subtropical regions; characterized by inflamed nodules beneath the skin and wasting of body parts; caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae
infectious disease - a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
tuberculoid leprosy - leprosy characterized by tumors in the skin and cutaneous nerves
lepromatous leprosy - a very serious form of leprosy characterized by lesions that spread over much of the body and affecting many systems of the body
ENL, erythema nodosum leprosum - an inflammatory complication of leprosy that results in painful skin lesions on the arms and legs and face
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Translations
بَرَص، جُذام
lepramalomocenství
spedalskhed
LepraMieselsuchtAussatz
spitaali
guba
lepra
holdsveikilíkþrá
lepra
gubaprokaza
lepraspetälska

leprosy

[ˈleprəsɪ] Nlepra f
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leprosy

[ˈlɛprəsi] nlèpre f
to have leprosy → avoir la lèpre
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leprosy

nLepra f, → Aussatz m (old)
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leprosy

[ˈlɛprəsɪ] nlebbra
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leper

(ˈlepə) noun
a person who has leprosy.
ˈleprosy (-rəsi) noun
a contagious skin disease, causing serious and permanent damage to the body, including loss of fingers, nose etc.
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lep·ro·sy

n. lepra, enfermedad infecciosa conocida también como enfermedad de Hansen causada por el bacilo Mycobacterium leprae caracterizada por lesiones cutáneas de pústulas y escamas.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

leprosy

n lepra, enfermedad f de Hansen; borderline — lepra dimorfa; lepromatous — lepra lepromatosa; tuberculoid — lepra tuberculoide
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References in classic literature ?
Her lips were red, her looks were free, Her locks were yellow as gold: Her skin was as white as leprosy, The Night-Mare LIFE-IN-DEATH was she, Who thicks man's blood with cold.
By now it was known everywhere that he had leprosy. First Tane, the boy, had left the house, and then, a little time afterwards, the old woman and her grandchild.
All through the New Hebrides and the Solomons and up among the atolls on the Line, during this period under a tropic sun, rotten with malaria, and suffering from a few minor afflictions such as Biblical leprosy with the silvery skin, I did the work of five men.
The girl had just the first signs of leprosy. The fingers of her right hand were slightly twisted, and there was a small spot on her arm.
When the Lord sends the curse of leprosy or pestilence into a family, every one flies and shuns the abode of the leprous or plague-stricken.
So to speak, leprosy and all, he had jumped into Dag Daughtry's arms.
That momentary happiness had been smitten with a blight, a leprosy; Stephen thought more lightly of her than he did of Lucy.
Just behind the screen of creepers and matted foliage lurked three horrid figures--an old, old man, black as the pit, with a face half eaten away by leprosy, his sharp-filed teeth, the teeth of a cannibal, showing yellow and repulsive through the great gaping hole where his mouth and nose had been.
The leprosy of unreality disfigured every human creature in attendance upon Monseigneur.
``This, then, is the result of your advice,'' said the Prince, turning an angry countenance upon Fitzurse; ``that I should be bearded at my own board by a drunken Saxon churl, and that, on the mere sound of my brother's name, men should fall off from me as if I had the leprosy?''
They have audaciously adjusted, in the name of "good taste," upon the wounds of gothic architecture, their miserable gewgaws of a day, their ribbons of marble, their pompons of metal, a veritable leprosy of egg-shaped ornaments, volutes, whorls, draperies, garlands, fringes, stone flames, bronze clouds, pudgy cupids, chubby- cheeked cherubim, which begin to devour the face of art in the oratory of Catherine de Medicis, and cause it to expire, two centuries later, tortured and grimacing, in the boudoir of the Dubarry.
'For many hundred years before that time, there had been handed down, from age to age, an old legend, that the illustrious prince being afflicted with leprosy, on his return from reaping a rich harvest of knowledge in Athens, shunned the court of his royal father, and consorted moodily with husbandman and pigs.