leishmania

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noun leish·man·ia \lēsh-ˈma-nē-ə\

Definition of leishmania

  1. :  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

leishmanial

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Origin and Etymology of leishmania

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


First Known Use: 1914


Medical Dictionary

leishmania

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noun leish·man·ia \lēsh-ˈman-ē-ə, -ˈmān-\

Medical Definition of leishmania

  1. 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. 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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