leprosy leprosy  /ˈlɛ prə si/

Definition(s):

  • (n) 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

Usage(s):

  1. The known cases of leprosy have increased sharply in recent years.
  2. Though generally considered an almost extinct disease, leprosy still grips between two and three million sufferers.
  3. Long-dreaded leprosy is rated by top experts a hundred times less contagious than TB, and it is virtually impossible for an adult to be infected by casual contact.

News

  • A journey filled with hope

    St. Francis of Assisi did not embrace the radical call to conversion until he found Christian hope in his physical embrace of a person with leprosy. In the face of the extreme suffering of the untouchable person, St.
    on August 4, 2013     Source: Juneau Empire

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Quotes

  1. "I recall many stories from my youth about his tireless work there to care for those suffering from leprosy who had been cast out," said Obama, a Hawaii native, in a statement on Father Damien's upcoming canonization.
    on Oct 9, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Reuters Blogs (blog)

  2. "It may be right, it may not," Senator Brown said. "It needs investigation. If within the indigenous community there is a feeling that children may have been experimented upon for a treatment for leprosy or anything else, the air needs to be...
    on Apr 15, 2008 By: Bob Brown Source: The Age

  3. "Leprosy is a symptom of a more serious and vaster ill, which is poverty," Benedict told pilgrims, tourists and a group of Italian Catholic children in the square. "For this reason, following in the wake of my predecessors, I renew the appeal...
    on Jan 29, 2006 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: USA Today

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