leish·​man·​ia | \ lēsh-ˈma-nē-ə How to pronounce leishmania (audio) \

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

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leishmanial \ lēsh-​ˈma-​nē-​əl How to pronounce leishmanial (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of leishmania

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leishmania

New Latin, from Sir W. B. Leishman †1926 British medical officer

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“Leishmania.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leishmania. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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leish·​man·​ia | \ lēsh-ˈman-ē-ə How to pronounce leishmania (audio) , -ˈmān- How to pronounce leishmania (audio) \

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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leishmanial \ -​ē-​əl How to pronounce leishmanial (audio) \ adjective

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