Definition of Chagas' disease in US English:

Chagas' disease


  • A disease caused by trypanosomes transmitted by bloodsucking bugs, endemic in South America and causing damage to the heart and central nervous system.

    • ‘Why have these partnerships ignored the most neglected diseases, such as kala-azar, Chagas' disease, and sleeping sickness?’
    • ‘Would we be having this debate if the research showed promise to cure Chagas' disease and sleeping sickness?’
    • ‘In third-World countries, infections such as the insect-transmitted trypanosomal Chagas' disease are among the main causes of heart failure.’
    • ‘The electricity went off for the night, leaving us to the music of charangos and to a crawling and nipping in my bed - which I hoped was fleas, not vinchuca beetles, carriers of fatal Chagas' disease.’
    • ‘The medical aid agency specifically asked them for the overall resources devoted to malaria, tuberculosis, sleeping sickness, Chagas' disease, and leishmaniasis.’
    • ‘Of the three major transfusion-transmitted diseases, babesiosis and Chagas' disease pose the greatest threat to donors in the U.S.’
    • ‘For parasitic agents such as those that cause Chagas' disease or babesiosis, there are no serologie tests available.’
    • ‘Coincidentally, Chagas's father was the physician who discovered the parasitic malady that some suspect Darwin contracted in South America, now known as Chagas' disease.’
    • ‘We value the study of adenine, thymine, cytosine, and guanine far above the study of childhood diarrhoea, Chagas' disease, community health, and patients' decision making.’
    • ‘Wigglesworth began his studies on another vinchuca vector of Chagas' disease, Rhodnius prolixus, in the 1920s, and became the first to study its response to heat.’
    • ‘Money for fighting Chagas' disease is tight: although it may count Charles Darwin among its illustrious victims, the disease, Flores notes, has been mostly an affliction of the poor.’
    • ‘Not until 1959 did Saul Adler, an Israeli parasitologist, suggest that Darwin's illness was Chagas' disease.’
    • ‘Manuel came to the clinic (set up in the Sisters' convent) with a note from a doctor and laboratory results attesting that he had Chagas' disease.’
    • ‘The disease-carrying insect, Rhodnius prolixus, spreads Chagas' disease, caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which is carried by the insect.’
    • ‘And parasites unable to transmit Chagas' disease are being engineered.’
    • ‘The DNDi is determined to make available a handful of drugs for diseases like sleeping sickness, Chagas' disease and leishmaniasis.’
    • ‘Trypanosomes are unicellular protists and human pathogens responsible for African sleeping sickness and Chagas' disease.’
    • ‘‘Our mission is to develop new, improved, and field-relevant drugs for neglected diseases, such as leishmaniasis, human African trypanosomiasis, and Chagas' disease,’ explains Pécoul.’
    • ‘In 1835 Darwin had recorded in his diary that he was bitten by the ‘Benchuca [vinchuca] bug… called the great black bug of the Pampas,’ a vector of the parasitic trypanosome that causes Chagas' disease.’


Early 20th century: named after Carlos Chagas (1879–1934), the Brazilian physician who first described it.


Chagas' disease

/ˈSHäɡəs diˌzēz/