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[buh-bee-zee-oh-sis] /bəˌbi ziˈoʊ sɪs/
noun, Veterinary Pathology
any of several tick-borne diseases of cattle, dogs, horses, sheep, and swine, caused by a babesia protozoan and characterized by fever and languor.
Also, babesiasis
[bab-i-sahy-uh-sis, -zahy-, bey-buh-] /ˌbæb ɪˈsaɪ ə sɪs, -ˈzaɪ-, ˌbeɪ bə-/ (Show IPA)
Also called piroplasmosis.
Compare tick fever.
1910-15; < New Latin; see babesia, -osis Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for babesiasis


(vet science) a tick-borne disease of domesticated and wild mammals as well as humans, caused by a protozoan of the genera Babesia and characterized by fever, anaemia, jaundice, and in severe cases leading to death
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babesiasis in Medicine

babesiosis ba·be·si·o·sis (bə-bē'zē-ō'sĭs) or bab·e·si·a·sis (bāb'ĭ-zī'ə-sĭs)
A human protozoan disease of the red blood cells caused by infection with a species of Babesia that is transmitted by ticks and characterized by fever, malaise, and hemolytic anemia. Also called piroplasmosis.

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Encyclopedia Article for babesiasis


any of a group of tick-borne diseases of animals caused by species of Babesia, protozoans that destroy red blood cells and thereby cause anemia. Cattle tick fever, from B. bigemina, occurs in cattle, buffalo, and zebu. Other Babesia species attack cattle, sheep, goats, horses, donkeys, swine, and dogs. Wild animals such as deer, wolves, foxes, wildcats, and pumas are susceptible to infections from certain Babesia species

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