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Leishman-Donovan body

noun Leish·man-Don·o·van body \ -ˈdän-ə-vən- \

medical Definition of Leishman-Donovan body

:a protozoan of the genus Leishmania (especially L. donovani) in its nonmotile stage that is found especially in cells of the skin, spleen, and liver of individuals affected with leishmaniasis and especially kala-azar — compare donovan body

Biographical Note for leishman-donovan body

  • Donovan, Charles (1863–1951), British surgeon. A surgeon in the Indian Medical Service, Donovan made significant contributions to tropical medicine as a result of his service in India. He is known mainly for his discovery of the causative organism of kala-azar. It was first discovered in 1900 by Sir William Leishman, who tentatively identified it as a trypanosome in 1903. In the same year Donovan independently discovered the same organism. In 1905 he discovered the Donovan body, the causative agent of granuloma inguinale.

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