noun la·zar \ˈla-zər, ˈlā-\

Definition of LAZAR

:  a person afflicted with a repulsive disease; specifically :  leper

Origin of LAZAR

Middle English, from Medieval Latin lazarus, from Late Latin Lazarus
First Known Use: 14th century


noun la·zar \ˈlaz-ər, ˈlā-zər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LAZAR

:  leper

Biographical Note for LAZAR

Laz·a·rus, \ˈlaz-(ə-)rəs\ Biblical character. Lazarus was a diseased beggar in a parable told by Jesus in the Gospel according to St. Luke. Apparently he was invented only for the purposes of the parable and has no historical basis. During the Middle Ages, however, he acquired the identity of an actual person, becoming in the process St. Lazarus, the patron saint of beggars and lepers.


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