lepra cells

lep·ra cells

distinctive, large, mononuclear phagocytes (macrophages) with a foamlike cytoplasm, and also poorly staining saclike structures resulting from degeneration of such cells, observed characteristically in leprous inflammatory reactions; indistinct staining results from numerous, fairly closely packed leprosy bacilli, which are acid fast and resistant to staining by ordinary methods.

lepra cells

tissue histiocytes that engulf leprosy bacilli (Mycobacterium leprae )

lepra cells

enlarged cells with foamy cytoplasm and containing many acid-fast bacilli; characteristic of murine leprosy.
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Histopathologic examination of cervical and axillary lymph nodes revealed aggregates of lepra cells loaded with lepra bacilli.