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[leesh-muh-nahy-uh-sis, lahysh-] /ˌliʃ məˈnaɪ ə sɪs, ˌlaɪʃ-/

noun, Pathology.
any infection caused by a protozoan of the genus Leishmania.
any disease, such as kala-azar, caused by protozoa of the genus Leishmania

leishmaniasis leish·man·i·a·sis (lēsh’mə-nī’ə-sĭs)

An infection or disease caused by any of the flagellate protozoans of the genus Leishmania, transmitted to humans and animals by bloodsucking sand flies and characterized by skin ulcerations or an acute illness marked by fever, anemia, and enlargement of the liver and spleen.


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