from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A chronic, mildly contagious granulomatous disease of tropical and subtropical regions, caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae, characterized by ulcers of the skin, bone, and viscera and leading to loss of sensation, paralysis, gangrene, and deformation. Also called Hansen's disease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An infectious disease caused by infection by Mycobacterium leprae.
- n. In the Bible, a disease of the skin not conclusively identified, which can also affect clothes and houses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cutaneous disease which first appears as blebs or as reddish, shining, slightly prominent spots, with spreading edges. These are often followed by an eruption of dark or yellowish prominent nodules, frequently producing great deformity. In one variety of the disease, anæsthesia of the skin is a prominent symptom. In addition there may be wasting of the muscles, falling out of the hair and nails, and distortion of the hands and feet with destruction of the bones and joints. It is incurable, and is probably contagious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to several different diseases. Regarding the leprosy of the Jews nothing certain is known. The term was probably applied to various cutaneous diseases, especially those of a chronic or contagious character. The term is now commonly restricted to lepra cutanea, or elephantiasis Græcorum. See lepra.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English lepruse, from leprus, leprous; see leprous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin leprōsia. (Wiktionary)