leishmania

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

Definition of leishmania

: any of a genus (Leishmania) of parasitic, flagellate protozoans that cause leishmaniasis, are transmitted by the bite of sand flies (genus Phlebotomus and Lutzomyia), and occur in an motile, extracellular form within the gut of sand flies and a nonmotile, intracellular form within the macrophages of mammalian hosts broadly : a protozoan resembling the leishmanias that is included in the family (Trypanosomatidae) to which they belong

Other Words from leishmania

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

First Known Use of leishmania

1904, 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 25 Oct. 2021.

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leishmania

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

Medical Definition of leishmania

1 Leishmania : a genus of parasitic, flagellate protozoans of the family Trypanosomatidae that are the causative agents of leishmaniasis, are transmitted by sand flies (genera Phlebotomus and Lutzomyia), and occur as motile, extracellular promastigotes within the gut of sand flies and transform into nonmotile, intracellular amastigotes within the macrophages of mammalian hosts
2 plural leishmanias or leishmaniae : any protozoan of the genus Leishmania broadly : any protozoan of the family Trypanosomatidae having the typical intracellular form of a leishmania

Other Words from leishmania

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

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