borrelia

noun
bor·​re·​lia | \ bə-ˈrel-ē-ə How to pronounce borrelia (audio) , -ˈrē-lē- How to pronounce borrelia (audio) \

Medical Definition of borrelia

1 capitalized : a genus of small flexible spirochetes of the family Spirochaetaceae that are parasites of humans and warm-blooded animals and include the causative agents of septicemia in chickens (B. recurrentis), relapsing fever in Africa (B. duttoni), and Lyme disease in the United States (B. burgdorferi)
2 : a spirochete of the genus Borrelia

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“Borrelia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/borrelia. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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