from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See leprosy.
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- n. The disease leprosy, caused by infection by Mycobacterium leprae.
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- 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
After Gerhard Henrik Armauer Hansen (1841-1912), Norwegian physician.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after Norwegian physician Gerhard Armauer Hansen (1841-1912) who in 1873 discovered the bacterium causing the disease. (Wiktionary)