from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In pathology, a chronic and almost uniformly incurable disease, caused by a well-determined bacillus, Bacillus lepræ.
- noun One of a class of scaly skin-affections, mostly psoriasis; lepra Græcorum.
- noun In botany, a scurfy or mealy matter on the surface of some plants.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Med.) Leprosy.
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- noun medicine, archaic
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However, he described modern psoriasis under the term lepra vulgaris, which perpetuated confusion of psoriasis and leprosy.
I found in this hut a few persons who were suffering from the eruption called "lepra," a disease but too commonly met with in Iceland.
Yet I did not see a single case of true lepra Arabum, or its modifications, the huge Barbadoes leg (elephantiasis), and the sarcoma scrotale and sarcocele of Zanzibar and East Africa.
If a 'lepra reaction' (fever, a rash, pain and perhaps swelling of hands and feet, or eye damage) occurs or gets worse while taking the medicine, keep taking it but get medical help.
In case of a severe 'lepra reaction' (pain along the nerves, numbness or weakness, eye irritation, or painful testicles), it is usually best to keep taking the leprosy treatment, but to also take an anti-inflammatory medicine (cortico-steroid).
Mexican villagers call any open spreading sore lepra.
Note: The larger dose of clofazimine, which can also be used daily to control lepra reaction, is best given with the advice of an experienced health worker or doctor.
Although it is less effective in killing leprosy bacteria than rifampin, it has the advantage that it also helps to control lepra reaction to some extent, particularly in persons with lepromatous leprosy
More than 1,115 lepra-like bacilli were counted in a single fly-speck.
The plan proved quite successful in curing obstinate lepra.