noun (plural same or leishmanias or leishmaniae /-ˈmeɪnɪʌɪ/)
A single-celled parasitic protozoan which spends part of its life cycle in the gut of a sandfly and part in the blood and other tissues of a vertebrate.
- Genus Leishmania, phylum Kinetoplastida, kingdom Protista
More example sentences
- The only way to contract leishmania parasites is through the bite of the tiny sand fly.
- The leishmania parasite is spread by the bite of a sandfly not known to exist in Australia.
- Parts of the malaria and leishmania parasite genomes are also known.
modern Latin, from the name of William B. Leishman (1856–1926), British pathologist.
Definition of leishmania in:
- The US English dictionary