Definition of leishmania
: any of a genus (Leishmania) of flagellate protozoans that are parasitic in the tissues of vertebrates; broadly : an organism resembling the leishmanias that is included in the family (Trypanosomatidae) to which they belong
Origin of leishmania
New Latin, from Sir W. B. Leishman †1926 British medical officer
First Known Use: 1914
Medical Definition of leishmania
1 capitalized : a genus of kinetoplastid flagellate protozoans of the family Trypanosomatidae that are parasitic in the tissues of vertebrates, are transmitted by sand flies (genera Phlebotomus and Lutzomyia), occur parasitically as a minute ovoid or spherical nonflagellated body with a definite kinetoplast and usually an intracellular axoneme, and include one (L. donovani) causing kala-azar and another (L. tropica) causing oriental sore
2: any protozoan of the genus Leishmania; broadly : any protozoan of the family Trypanosomatidae having the typical intracellular form of a leishmania
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