Definitions of leprosy

  1. chronic granulomatous communicable disease occurring in tropical and subtropical regions; characterized by inflamed nodules beneath the skin and wasting of body parts; caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae
  2. A cutaneous disease which first appears as blebs or as reddish, shining, slightly prominent spots, with spreading edges. These are often followed by an eruption of dark or yellowish prominent nodules, frequently producing great deformity. In one variety of the disease, anaesthesia of the skin is a prominent symptom. In addition there may be wasting of the muscles, falling out of the hair and nails, and distortion of the hands and feet with destruction of the bones and joints. It is incurable, and is probably contagious.
  3. A chronic granulomatous infection caused by MYCOBACTERIUM LEPRAE. The granulomatous lesions are manifested in the skin, the mucous membranes, and the peripheral nerves. Two polar or principal types are lepromatous and tuberculoid.
  4. A contagious, usually fatal, skin disease marked by ulcers and white scaly scabs.
  5. 1. A disease of Biblical times, the nature of which is uncertain, but which might have been psoriasis or a leucoderma. 2. A chronic disease believed to be due to the presence of Bacillus leprae or Hansen's bacillus, elephantiasis Graecorum. It occurs in two principal forms: tubercular l., affecting the skin and subcutaneous tissues, and anesthetic l., affecting mainly the nerves.
  6. Fatal infectious disease, in which the skin becomes white and affected with scales, etc.; very common in Hawaii.
  7. A disease of the skin marked by scales or scurfy scabs.
  8. A disease of the skin marked by scurfy spots.
  9. A chronic skin - disease with ulcerous spots and scaling off of dead tissue.
  10. A contagious cutaneous disease.
  11. A disease of the skin characterised by the formation of whitish opaque scales.

Usage examples for leprosy

  1. There was no power in Jordan's waters to take away the taint of leprosy. – The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  2. Unmarried children and persons dying from smallpox, leprosy, cholera and snake- bite are also buried. – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  3. His face, made hideous by great scars of healed leprosy, seems frightful in the pallid murk. – Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity by Alexandre Kuprin
  4. Within a week, a woman, a model housekeeper, devoted to her family,- a woman who never wrote a word for print, nor ever addressed so much as a female meeting of any kind, a woman whose husband looks upon strong- mindedness as a species of leprosy, to be lamented rather than denounced, but at any cost kept from spreading,- has told me that, if it were not for the talk it would make, she would shut up her house, take her whole family, and go to a hotel to board from June to October, so worn and wearied is she with her household duties. – A New Atmosphere by Gail Hamilton
  5. That day, continued Achmet, there fell ill with leprosy the Christian priest from this place who had served in that black service so long; and then a fire leapt up in me. – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  6. That is storm, leprosy, no rice, what you call Nature. – Toward the Gulf by Edgar Lee Masters
  7. The leprosy of which we speak has greatly abated. – Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before by George Turner
  8. Then he knew he had the leprosy. –  by
  9. The reason assigned for the bestowal of this magnificent donation was gratitude on the part of Constantine, for having been cured of leprosy through the administration of the rite of baptism at the hands of Pope Sylvester. – Monks, Popes, and their Political Intrigues by John Alberger
  10. Yet though they come " in such a questionable shape," it is often not until someone ahead of his or her age, pulls them into the open glare of another point of view, and thus shows up all their hidden moral leprosy, that the arrow of condemnation is driven full- tilt at them from the stretched bow of a Higher Criticism. – Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman by Giberne Sieveking
  11. The leprosy spread from his face till it entirely covered his body, and became so bad that he could no longer ride out or show himself to his people. – Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
  12. No plum has a sweeter bloom or more delicious texture than the skin of your young face; but this mineral filth hides that delicate texture, and substitutes a dry, uniform appearance, more like a certain kind of leprosy than health. – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  13. One may call it a moral leprosy if one loves hard names; but no leper would choose to be a leper if he could avoid it. – The Silent Isle by Arthur Christopher Benson
  14. These suffer from leprosy, dropsy, raving madness, and other diseases. – Dante: His Times and His Work by Arthur John Butler
  15. Also he now became plainly aware of a sore fact which he had all his life dimly suspected- namely, that there was in his nature a spot of the leprosy of avarice, the desire to accumulate. – Paul Faber, Surgeon by George MacDonald
  16. We leave the tramps, and come upon a poor shivering wretch of about thirty- five years; his face presents unmistakable signs of disease more loathsome than leprosy; he is not fit to live, he is not fit to die; he is an outcast from friends, kindred and home. – London's Underworld by Thomas Holmes
  17. A superficial confidence in automatic progress, therefore, which neglects an elemental fact like this at the root of our whole international problem is futile; it leads nowhere; it is rose water prescribed for leprosy. – Christianity and Progress by Harry Emerson Fosdick
  18. So I set out set out and journeyed till I and journeyed till I came came to Al- Kadisiyah, and to El Cadesiyeh, and entering entering the Mosque there, the Mosque there, saw saw a man suffering from a leper seated in the black leprosy seated in prayer- niche. – The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wright
  19. There these wretched beings sat On their lowly stools and prayed, Parted as by leprosy, From all other worshippers. – Atta Troll by Heinrich Heine
  20. These are marks by which the leprosy is known to be cured and the sins forgiven. – The Priest, The Woman And The Confessional by Father Chiniquy