visceral leishmaniasis(redirected from black sickness)
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visceral leishmaniasis[′vis·ə·rəl ‚lēsh·mə′nī·ə·səs]
A severe, generalized, and often fatal infection, caused by any of three pathogenic hemoflagellates of the genus Leishmania, affecting organs rich in endothelial cells; accompanied by fever, spleen and liver enlargement, anemia, leukopenia, skin pigmentation, and changes in plasma protein.
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