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Hansen's disease Syllabification: Han·sen's dis·ease
Pronunciation: /ˈhansənz dəˌzēz/

Definition of Hansen's disease in English:


Another name for leprosy.
Example sentences
  • He discovered the leprosy bacillus in 1873, a cousin of the tuberculosis bacillus, and the disease is often called Hansen's disease.
  • Known for its disfiguring skin lesions and potentially debilitating nerve damage, leprosy, or Hansen's disease, is a very difficult disease to transmit.
  • They prefer their disease to be called Hansen's disease not leprosy, and the disease can be easily cured.


1930s: named after Gerhard H. A. Hansen (1841–1912), the Norwegian physician who discovered the causative agent of the disease.

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