leprosy

Leprosy is a horrible and chronic contagious disease that involves the rotting of flesh.

There are many terrible diseases in the world, but one of the very worst is leprosy. This bacterial disease is caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae. Leprosy occurs in tropical and subtropical areas, and it's a chronic disease, meaning it doesn't go away. The flesh and organs of a person with leprosy waste away, kind of like a dead person’s. Leprosy also involves inflamed white sores forming underneath the skin. Someone with leprosy is called a leper.

Definitions of leprosy
  1. noun
    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
    synonyms: Hansen's disease
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    types:
    tuberculoid leprosy
    leprosy characterized by tumors in the skin and cutaneous nerves
    lepromatous leprosy
    a very serious form of leprosy characterized by lesions that spread over much of the body and affecting many systems of the body
    type of:
    infectious disease
    a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
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