leishmaniasis

noun
leish·​man·​i·​a·​sis | \ˌlēsh-mə-ˈnī-ə-səs \
plural leishmaniases\ ˌlēsh-​mə-​ˈnī-​ə-​ˌsēz \

Definition of leishmaniasis 

: infection with or disease caused by leishmanias

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As the family left through the swarm of people waiting outside the door, a man took his turn on the examination table to have a leg wound treated, while at the same time a wife and her husband received leishmaniasis injections at the nearby counter. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "After the Gas and Bombs: The Health Crisis That’s Killing Syria," 17 Apr. 2018 Someone else reports having seen an open leishmaniasis sore on one of the boatmen. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, "A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname," 29 Mar. 2017 Meanwhile, the sandflies that host parasites that cause leishmaniasis, some varieties of which cause skin lesions or spleen and liver damage, are showing up in north Texas. National Geographic, "Climate Change Pushing Tropical Diseases Toward Arctic," 14 June 2017 Sand flies, which transmit the parasite that causes leishmaniasis, a skin disease, are also more active and take more blood meals in warmer temperatures. Mark Johnson, jsonline.com, "Infectious disease collides with changing climate," 24 May 2017 Leishmaniasis, a sometimes-fatal, once primarily tropical affliction, has moved into northern Texas as the sandflies that host the disease-causing parasite head north. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Half of All Species Are on the Move—And We're Feeling It," 27 Apr. 2017 Someone else reports having seen an open leishmaniasis sore on one of the boatmen. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, "A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of leishmaniasis

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leishmaniasis

New Latin

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leishmaniasis

noun
leish·​man·​i·​a·​sis | \ˌlēsh-mə-ˈnī-ə-səs \
plural leishmaniases\ -​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of leishmaniasis 

: infection with or disease (as kala-azar or oriental sore) caused by leishmanias

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