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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.
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