One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A single-celled parasitic protozoan which spends part of its life cycle in the gut of a sandfly and part in the blood and other tissues of a vertebrate.
Genus Leishmania, phylum Kinetoplastida, kingdom Protista
- ‘Parts of the malaria and leishmania parasite genomes are also known.’
- ‘The leishmania parasite is spread by the bite of a sandfly not known to exist in Australia.’
- ‘Parasite virulence genes identified as part of the leishmania genome project may be specifically targeted for vaccine or drug design.’
- ‘The only way to contract leishmania parasites is through the bite of the tiny sand fly.’
- ‘Hundreds of peacekeeping troops have succumbed to the disease, after becoming infected with single-celled parasites called leishmania.’
Modern Latin, from the name of William B. Leishman (1856–1926), British pathologist.
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