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Medical Term:

Mycobacterium leprae


Definition: 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).

Synonym(s): Hansen bacillus, leprosy bacillus

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