Mycobacterium leprae

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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).

Mycobacterium leprae

The aerobic intracellular, pleomorphic, acid-fast mycobacterium that causes leprosy.
 
Diagnosis
Clinical findings; culture in mouse foot pads or in armadillos.

Management
Multidrug regimen with dapsone, rifampicin and clofazimine.

Mycobacterium leprae

Infectious disease The mycobacterium that causes leprosy. See Leprosy.

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.
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