What is another word for leprosy?

Pronunciation: [lˈɛpɹəsi] (IPA)

Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, has been plaguing humanity since ancient times. It is a chronic infectious disease that affects the skin, nerves, and mucous membranes. Some synonyms for leprosy include armadillo disease, elephantiasis graecorum, and Job's disease. Armadillo disease refers to the fact that armadillos are one of the few other mammals that can contract leprosy. Elephantiasis graecorum is Latin for "Greek elephant disease" and was named so because it was believed to have originated in Greece. Job's disease refers to the biblical character Job, who is said to have suffered from a skin disease that many scholars believe was actually leprosy. With modern medicine, leprosy can now be effectively treated with antibiotics.

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    • Noun, singular or mass
      leper.

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Usage examples for Leprosy

The too free use of fish as a food is thought by many to be a promoting cause of leprosy.
"Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia"
Maturin M. Ballou
A nervous twitching keeps him constantly moving, and he has the leprosy:-this is well known.
"The Maid of Maiden Lane"
Amelia E. Barr
They alone could turn the favour of Jehovah towards his people by correct and effective sacrifices, and appease his wrath; they announced the will of Jehovah by his oracle; in regard to diseases and leprosy, they exercised police functions over the whole nation by means of the regulations for cleanliness and food; they could exclude any one at their discretion from the sacrifices and, consequently, from the community; and, in fine, they were in possession of the skill and knowledge with which the people were unacquainted.
"The History of Antiquity, Vol. II (of VI)"
Max Duncker

Famous quotes with Leprosy

  • The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics; just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper. Indeed, it is only recently that science has been allowed to study anything without reproach.
    Aleister Crowley
  • There are still 500,000 persons afflicted with leprosy in Latin America, so it is still very much present.
    Walter Salles
  • The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
    Mother Teresa
  • The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics; just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper. Indeed, it is only recently that science has been allowed to study anything without reproach.
    Aleister Crowley
  • For many years he has not breathed the air, The wholesome open air ; the sun, the moon, The stars, the clouds, the fair blue heaven, the spring, The flowers, the trees, and the sweet face of man, Song, or words yet more musical than song, Affections, feelings, social intercourse (Unless remembered in his fairy dreams) Have all been strangers to his solitude ! — A curse is set on him, like poverty, Or leprosy, or the red plague, but worse, — The heart has sent its fire up to the brain, And he is mad.
    Letitia Elizabeth Landon

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