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[buh-bee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh] /bəˈbi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə/
any protozoan of the genus Babesia, certain species of which are parasitic and pathogenic for warm-blooded animals.
Origin of babesia
1893; < New Latin, named after Victor Babeş (1854-1926), Romanian bacteriologist; see -ia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In spite of the detailed study which it has received, the life cycle of babesia bovis has not been satisfactorily worked out.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • In babesia canis, Christopher observed developmental stages in the tick.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
babesia in Medicine

Babesia Ba·be·si·a (bə-bē'zē-ə, -zhə)
A genus of parasitic sporozoans of the family Babesiidae that infect the red blood cells of humans and of animals such as dogs, cattle, and sheep.

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