leprosy leprosy  /ˈlɛ prə si/


  • (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


  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.


  • 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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  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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