American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A South American form of trypanosomiasis caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi that is characterized by fever and enlargement of the spleen and lymph nodes.
- n. pathology A form of trypanosomiasis prevalent in South America, caused by a parasitic trypanosome. It is transmitted to mammals such as humans through an insect bite. Symptoms include fever, oedema, cardiomyopathy, and enlargement of the spleen and lymph nodes; and can be fatal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a form of trypanosomiasis caused by infection with Trypamosoma cruzi, found principally in South America. It is transmitted by certain species of reduviid bugs, and has natural reservoirs in dogs, armadillos, rodents and other domestic and wild mammals.
- Named after Brazilian physician Carlos Chagas (1879-1934), who first described it in 1909. (Wiktionary)
- After Carlos Chagas (1879-1934), Brazilian physician. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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