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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


From New Latin Leishmania, genus of protozoans, after Sir William Boog Leishman (1865-1926), British medical officer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From leishmania. (Wiktionary)


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