Definition of leishmania in English:


Syllabification: leish·man·i·a
Pronunciation: /lēSHˈmānēə, -ˈmanēə

noun (plural same or leishmanias or leishmaniae /-ˈmānē-ē, -ˈman-, -ēˌī/)

A single-celled parasitic protozoan that spends part of its life cycle in the gut of a sandfly and part in the blood and other tissues of a vertebrate.
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.

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