Meaning of lepra in English:

lepra

Pronunciation /ˈlɛprə/

noun

Medicine
  • = "leprosy".

    In 19th-cent. dermatological works, often used synonymously with "psoriasis".

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From classical Latin lepra psoriasis or other skin disease from ancient Greek λέπρα psoriasis, in Hellenistic Greek also denoting other skin diseases (Septuagint, New Testament), use as noun of feminine of λεπρός (adjective) scaly from either λεπίς scale or Hellenistic Greek λέπος husk, scale + -ρος, suffix forming adjectives.