|Lyme disease (laɪm)|
|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|
|[C20: named after Lyme, Connecticut, the town where it was first identified in humans]|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.|
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.
|Lyme disease (līm) Pronunciation Key
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.