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
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
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