[ shah-guhs ]
/ ˈʃɑ gəs /
an infectious disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, occurring chiefly in tropical America and characterized by irregular fever, palpable lymph nodes, and often heart damage.
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Also called American trypanosomiasis.
Origin of Chagas' disease
1910–15; named after C. Chagas (1879–1934), Brazilian physician, its describer
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British Dictionary definitions for Chagas' disease
/ (ˈʃɑːɡəs) /
a form of trypanosomiasis found in South America, caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, characterized by fever and, often, inflammation of the heart musclesAlso called: American trypanosomiasis, South American trypanosomiasis Compare sleeping sickness
Word Origin for Chagas' disease
C20: named after Carlos Chagas (1879–1934), Brazilian physician who first described it
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Medical definitions for Chagas' disease
South American trypanosomiasis
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