anaplasma

noun
an·​a·​plas·​ma | \ˌan-ə-ˈplaz-mə \

Medical Definition of anaplasma 

1 capitalized : a genus of parasitic, gram-negative, nonmotile bacteria of the family Anaplasmataceae that are transmitted chiefly by ticks and biting flies and infect the red blood cells of humans and animals — see anaplasmosis

2 plural anaplasmas or anaplasmata\-​mət-​ə \ : any bacterium of the genus Anaplasma

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