Origin and Etymology of leishmania
New Latin, from Sir W. B. Leishman †1926 British medical officer
First Known Use: 1914See Words from the same year
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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