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ˈlɛp rə silep·rosy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leprosy, Hansen's diseasenoun

    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


  1. leprosynoun

    An infectious disease caused by infection by Mycobacterium leprae.

    The Europeans brought new diseases such as smallpox, measles, dysentery, influenza, syphilis and leprosy.

    Etymology: From leprosia.

  2. leprosynoun

    In the Bible, a disease of the skin not conclusively identified, which can also affect clothes and houses.

    Etymology: From leprosia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leprosynoun

    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, anaesthesia 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

    Etymology: [See Leprous.]


  1. Leprosy

    Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, is a chronic infection caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis. Leprosy takes its name from the Latin word Lepra, while the term "Hansen's Disease" is named after the physician Gerhard Armauer Hansen. It is primarily a granulomatous disease of the peripheral nerves and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract; skin lesions are the primary external sign. Left untreated, leprosy can be progressive, causing permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes. Contrary to folklore, leprosy does not cause body parts to fall off, although they can become numb or diseased as a result of secondary infections; these occur as a result of the body's defenses being compromised by the primary disease. Secondary infections, in turn, can result in tissue loss causing fingers and toes to become shortened and deformed, as cartilage is absorbed into the body. Treatment for multibacillary leprosy consists of rifampicin, dapsone, and clofazimine taken over 12 months. Single dose multidrug therapy for single lesion leprosy consists of rifampicin, ofloxacin, and minocycline. The move toward single-dose treatment strategies has reduced the rates of disease in some regions. World Leprosy Day was created to draw awareness to those affected by leprosy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Leprosy

    lep′ro-si, n. a name applied to several different cutaneous diseases of contagious character, now confined to lepra cutanea, elephantiasis, Græcorum, or Leontiasis.—n. Lep′ra, leprosy: a scurfy, mealy substance on the surface of some plants.—adjs. Lep′rose, scale-like or scurf-like; Lep′rous, affected with leprosy.—adv. Lep′rously.—ns. Lep′rousness, Lepros′ity. [See Leper.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Leprosy

    A chronic granulomatous infection caused by MYCOBACTERIUM LEPRAE. The granulomatous lesions are manifested in the skin, the mucous membranes, and the peripheral nerves. Two polar or principal types are lepromatous and tuberculoid.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of leprosy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of leprosy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of leprosy in a Sentence

  1. Thoko Elphick-Pooley:

    We can use the impetus we have now from COVID to deal with some of those diseases, like leprosy, which was around thousands of years ago and is still around, we get outraged by diseases that kill, but not by diseases that disable.

  2. Kelly Clarkson:

    I ask good people. I don't want to sing with crap people, so I mean, I ask people who are great vocalists, but I'm not going to point out anyone, i have asked several people. Sometimes I feel like I have the plague, or leprosy. Even so, as far as Reba McEntire is concerned, Kelly Clarkson does n’t need Reba McEntire help.

  3. Charles de LEUSSE:

    The crusaders fought war, and they won leprosy . (Les croisés firent la guerre, et ils gagnèrent la lèpre)

  4. Abinash Virk:

    The physician in India who is familiar with leprosy would see a patch and quickly do a test for a loss of sensation. Here, you wouldn't even test for loss of sensation, because it's not that common to see.

  5. Kimberley Hockings:

    Treating leprosy in humans is relatively straightforward, especially if it's diagnosed early enough, but for animals that aren't habituated to humans, such as these particular populations, it's very difficult to administer antibiotics. There are constraints to treating animals for leprosy and we have to consider the ethical implications of darting chimpanzees, so that makes the question of treatment a complicated one.

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