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leprosy US English

A contagious disease that affects the skin, mucous membranes, and nerves, causing discoloration and lumps on the skin and, in severe cases, disfigurement and deformities. Leprosy is now mainly confined to tropical Africa and Asia

leprosy bacillus US English

The causative agent of leprosy, Mycobacterium leprae, which is an acid-fast rod-shaped bacterium which cannot be cultured in vitro but can be grown in a few animals, especially the nine-banded armadillo, Dasypus novemcinctus; also called Hansen's bacillus.

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