Definitions for babesiabəˈbi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ba•be•siabəˈbi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə(n.)(pl.)-sias.
any protozoan of the genus Babesia, certain species of which are parasitic and pathogenic for warm-blooded animals.
Origin of babesia:
< NL (1893), after Victor Babeş (1854–1926), Romanian bacteriologist; see -ia
Babesia is a genus of protozoan parasites of the blood that causes a hemolytic disease known as babesiosis. Over 100 species of Babesia have been identified, but only a few have been documented to be pathogenic in humans. In the United States, Babesia microti is the most common strain associated with humans. Other species infect cattle, livestock, and occasionally domestic animals. People who contract babesiosis suffer from malaria-like symptoms. As a result, malaria is a common misdiagnosis for the disease.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A genus of tick-borne protozoan parasites that infests the red blood cells of mammals, including humans. There are many recognized species, and the distribution is world-wide.
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