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Lyme disease

[lahym] /laɪm/
noun, Pathology
1.
an acute inflammatory disease caused by a tick-borne spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi , characterized by recurrent episodes of decreasing severity in which joint swelling, fever, and rash occur, sometimes with cardiac or nervous system complications.
Origin
after Lyme, Conn., where it was first described
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Lyme disease

/laɪm/
noun
1.
a disease of domestic animals and humans, caused by the spirochaete Borrelia burghdorferi and transmitted by ticks, and variously affecting the joints, heart, and brain
Word Origin
C20: named after Lyme, Connecticut, the town where it was first identified in humans
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Lyme disease n.
An inflammatory disease caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi transmitted by ticks and characterized initially by a rash followed by flulike symptoms including fever, joint pain, and headache; if untreated, it can result in chronic arthritis and nerve and heart dysfunction.

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Lyme disease
  (līm)   
A disease caused by the bacterial spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, transmitted by deer ticks and characterized initially by a bull's-eye-shaped rash followed by flu-like symptoms such as fever, joint pain, and headache. If untreated, it can result in chronic arthritis and neurologic or cardiac dysfunction. It is named after Lyme, Connecticut, where it was first reported.
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lyme dis-ease in Culture
Lyme disease [(leyem)]

An infection caused by a bacterium transmitted by the bite of a tick. If untreated, the disease can lead to, among other things, a serious form of chronic arthritis. Lyme disease is most prevalent in the wooded regions of the Northeast and the Middle West.

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