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LEPROSY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does leprosy mean? 

LEPROSY (noun)
  The noun LEPROSY has 1 sense:

1. 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

  Familiarity information: LEPROSY used as a noun is very rare.


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LEPROSY (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

Hansen's disease; leprosy

Hypernyms ("leprosy" is a kind of...):

infectious disease (a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact)

Meronyms (parts of "leprosy"):

ENL; erythema nodosum leprosum (an inflammatory complication of leprosy that results in painful skin lesions on the arms and legs and face)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "leprosy"):

tuberculoid leprosy (leprosy characterized by tumors in the skin and cutaneous nerves)

lepromatous leprosy (a very serious form of leprosy characterized by lesions that spread over much of the body and affecting many systems of the body)


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