Hansen bacillus

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My·co·bac·te·ri·um lep·'rae

a bacterial species that causes Hansen disease (leprosy); an obligatory intracellular mycobacterium that has not been propagated in the laboratory but will survive in the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus).

My·co·bac·te·ri·um lep·rae

(mī'kō-bak-tēr'ē-ŭm lep'rē)
A bacterial species that causes leprosy.
Synonym(s): Hansen bacillus.

Hansen bacillus

Mycobacterium leprae, the cause of leprosy.


Gerhard Henrik Armauer, Norwegian physician, 1841-1912.
Fosdick-Hansen-Epple test - see under Fosdick
Hansen bacillus - a species that causes Hansen disease. Synonym(s): Mycobacterium leprae
Hansen disease - Synonym(s): leprosy