leprosy

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Borrowing from Latin leprōsia.

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leprosy (usually uncountable, plural leprosies)

  1. An infectious disease caused by infection by Mycobacterium leprae.
    The Europeans brought new diseases such as smallpox, measles, dysentery, influenza, syphilis and leprosy.
  2. In the Bible, a disease of the skin not conclusively identified, which can also affect clothes and houses.

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