babesia

noun
ba·​be·​sia | \ bə-ˈbē-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce babesia (audio) \
plural babesias or babesiae\ bə-​ˈbē-​zhē-​ˌē How to pronounce babesiae (audio) \

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

First Known Use of babesia

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for babesia

New Latin, from Victor Babeş †1926 Romanian bacteriologist

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“Babesia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/babesia. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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babesia

noun
ba·​be·​sia | \ bə-ˈbē-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce babesia (audio) \

Medical Definition of babesia

1 capitalized : the type genus of the family Babesiidae
2 plural babesias or babesiae\ -​zhē-​ˌē How to pronounce babesiae (audio) \ : 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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