American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See leprosy.
- n. pathology The disease leprosy, caused by infection by Mycobacterium leprae.
- n. 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
- Named after Norwegian physician Gerhard Armauer Hansen (1841-1912) who in 1873 discovered the bacterium causing the disease. (Wiktionary)
- After Gerhard Henrik Armauer Hansen (1841-1912), Norwegian physician. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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