Definition of Hansen's disease in English:

Hansen's disease


  • another name for leprosy
    • ‘He discovered the leprosy bacillus in 1873, a cousin of the tuberculosis bacillus, and the disease is often called Hansen's disease.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Known for its disfiguring skin lesions and potentially debilitating nerve damage, leprosy, or Hansen's disease, is a very difficult disease to transmit.’
    • ‘They prefer their disease to be called Hansen's disease not leprosy, and the disease can be easily cured.’
    • ‘Any hypoesthetic, hairless or dry lesion should immediately raise suspicion of Hansen's disease, particularly if there is an adjacent palpable nerve.’


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


Hansen's disease

/ˈhansənz dəˌzēz/