Definition of Hansen's disease in English:

Hansen's disease

noun

  • another name for leprosy
    • ‘They prefer their disease to be called Hansen's disease not leprosy, and the disease can be easily cured.’
    • ‘Known for its disfiguring skin lesions and potentially debilitating nerve damage, leprosy, or Hansen's disease, is a very difficult disease to transmit.’
    • ‘A typical treatment course for Hansen's disease involves multiple drug therapy with dapsone and rifampin for three to five years in patients with tuberculoid leprosy, and for life in patients with lepromatous leprosy.’
    • ‘He discovered the leprosy bacillus in 1873, a cousin of the tuberculosis bacillus, and the disease is often called Hansen's disease.’
    • ‘Any hypoesthetic, hairless or dry lesion should immediately raise suspicion of Hansen's disease, particularly if there is an adjacent palpable nerve.’

Origin

1930s: named after Gerhard H. A. Hansen (1841–1912), the Norwegian physician who discovered the causative agent of the disease.

Pronunciation

Hansen's disease

/ˈhansənz dəˌzēz//ˈhænsənz dəˌziz/