ba·​be·​si·​o·​sis | \ bə-ˌbē-zē-ˈō-səs How to pronounce babesiosis (audio) \

Definition of babesiosis

: an infection with or disease caused by babesias

Examples of babesiosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ticks have the ability to spread dangerous diseases, including Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis, in as little as 36-48 hours after the initial bite, according to Mannes. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 2 June 2021 Cases of Lyme disease, Powassan virus; spotted fever rickettsiosis, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and tularemia all increased last year. Ashley Welch, CBS News, 14 Nov. 2018 In the United States, dogs are susceptible to tick-borne Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, hepatozoonosis, anaplasmosis and babesiosis. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 25 May 2020 The two drugs also already have FDA approval for use together as a treatment for a parasitic illness called babesiosis, which is caused by microscopic parasites and can be spread by ticks. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, 5 May 2020 Cattle and other livestock can also transmit diseases such as anthrax and babesiosis to the wild equids. National Geographic, 25 Mar. 2020 The state also experienced increases in two other tickborne diseases, with 685 cases of anaplasmosis and 138 cases of babesiosis. USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2020 Other blood-feeding insects — such as mosquitoes and ticks — spread a host of devastating diseases: malaria, sleeping sickness, Lyme, babesiosis, Zika, dengue, encephalitis and others. James Gorman, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2019 But while Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, babesiosis is caused by the Babesia parasite, which attacks red blood cells, according to the CDC. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of babesiosis

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for babesiosis

New Latin

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9 Jun 2021

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“Babesiosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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ba·​be·​si·​o·​sis | \ bə-ˌbē-zē-ˈō-səs How to pronounce babesiosis (audio) \
plural babesioses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce babesiosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of babesiosis

: infection with or disease caused by babesias

called also babesiasis

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