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leishmania

[ leesh-man-ee-uh, -mey-nee-uh, lahysh- ]

noun

  1. any parasitic flagellate protozoan of the genus Leishmania, occurring in vertebrates in an oval or spherical, nonflagellate form, and in invertebrates in an elongated, flagellated form.


leishmania

/ liːʃˈmeɪnɪə /

noun

  1. any parasitic flagellate protozoan of the genus Leishmania : infects humans and animals and causes diseases ranging from skin lesions to potentially fatal organ damage


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Other Words From

  • leish·mani·al leish·man·ic [leesh-, man, -ik, lahysh-], leish·mani·oid adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of leishmania1

< New Latin (1903), after William Boog Leishman (1865–1926), Scottish bacteriologist; -ia

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Word History and Origins

Origin of leishmania1

C20: New Latin, named after Sir W.B. Leishman (1865–1926), Scottish bacteriologist

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