borrelia

borrelia

[buh-rel-ee-uh, -rel-yuh, -ree-lee-uh, -reel-yuh]
noun Bacteriology.
any of several spiral, parasitic bacteria of the genus Borrelia, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans, other mammals, or birds.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1907), named after Amédée Borrel (died 1936); see -ia

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Borrelia Bor·re·li·a (bə-rē'lē-ə, -rěl'ē-ə)
n.
A genus of parasitic irregularly coiled helical spirochetes, some species of which cause relapsing fever in humans.

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