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babesia

babesia

noun ba·be·sia \bə-ˈbē-zh(ē-)ə\

Definition of BABESIA

:  any of a genus (Babesia) of sporozoans parasitic in mammalian red blood cells (as in Texas fever) and transmitted by the bite of a tick —called also piroplasm

Origin of BABESIA

New Latin, from Victor Babeş †1926 Roman bacteriologist
First Known Use: 1911

babesia

noun ba·be·sia \bə-ˈbē-zh(ē-)ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BABESIA

1
capitalized :  the type genus of the family Babesiidae
2
:  any of the sporozoans of the genus Babesia or sometimes the family Babesiidae that are parasitic in mammalian red blood cells (as in Texas fever) and are transmitted by the bite of a tick—called also piroplasm

Biographical Note for BABESIA

V. Babès —see babes-ernst granule

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