Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An infection caused by any of the flagellate protozoans of the genus Leishmania, transmitted to humans and animals by bloodsucking sandflies.
  • noun A disease, such as kala-azar or either of two clinically distinct ulcerative skin diseases, caused by flagellate protozoans of the genus Leishmania.

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  • noun pathology Any of various ulcerative skin diseases caused by any of the protozoans of the genus Leishmania, transmitted to humans and animals by bloodsucking sandflies.

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  • noun sores resulting from a tropical infection by protozoa of the genus Leishmania which are spread by sandflies

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Leishmania, genus of protozoans (after Sir William Boog Leishman, (1865–1926), British medical officer), –iasis.]

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From leishmania.

Examples

  • The eponymous term leishmaniasis replaced them all, as well as chiclero ulcer and kala-azar or dumdum fever, the last from the town of Dumdum, near Calcutta, where the infamous bullets were made.

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  • The boy suffers from disfiguring cutaneous leishmaniasis, which is transmitted by sand fly bites.

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  • As you said, it's called leishmaniasis and it affects some two million people every year, in tropical areas like Colombia.

    CNN Transcript Jul 3, 2008

  • Others come home with unfamiliar diseases, such as leishmaniasis, a nasty infection transmitted by the bite of a sand flea.

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  • Using powerful genetic-analysis tools more commonly targeted to cancer and other diseases prevalent in industrialized nations, researchers are studying patterns that underlie malaria and tuberculosis in developing countries and more obscure conditions such as leishmaniasis and Chagas 'disease.

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  • Using powerful genetic-analysis tools more commonly targeted to cancer and other diseases prevalent in industrialized nations, researchers are studying patterns that underlie malaria and tuberculosis in developing countries and more obscure conditions such as leishmaniasis and Chagas 'disease.

    Fore, right!

  • She also praised the brilliant results achieved by the Tunis Pasteur Institute in the medical and scientific research notably in determining the causes of "leishmaniasis" and other viral diseases.

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  • She also praised the brilliant results achieved by the Tunis Pasteur Institute in the medical and scientific research notably in determining the causes of "leishmaniasis" and other viral diseases.

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  • She also praised the brilliant results achieved by the Tunis Pasteur Institute in the medical and scientific research notably in determining the causes of "leishmaniasis" and other viral diseases.

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  • The symposium featured 71 presentations covering soil-transmitted and water-borne helminth infections, as well as arthropod-borne diseases such as leishmaniasis, malaria and lymphatic filariasis.

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