babesia

[buh-bee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
noun
any protozoan of the genus Babesia, certain species of which are parasitic and pathogenic for warm-blooded animals.

Origin:
1893; < Neo-Latin, named after Victor Babeş (1854–1926), Romanian bacteriologist; see -ia

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Babesia Ba·be·si·a (bə-bē'zē-ə, -zhə)
n.
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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Babesia infection can range from subclinical to life-threatening.
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