Definition of Lyme disease in English:

Lyme disease

Line breaks: Lyme dis|ease
Pronunciation: /lʌɪm


[mass noun]
  • A form of arthritis caused by bacteria that are transmitted by ticks.
    • Lyme disease is caused by the spirochaete Borrelia burgdorferi
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    • Meningitis can also be a feature of other diseases, including Lyme disease, Leptospirosis, Typhus, Tuberculosis and other infections.
    • Some ticks transmit bacteria that cause illnesses such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
    • It is often idiopathic in origin, but may be associated with multiple sclerosis, sarcoidosis, syphilis, Lyme disease, and ocular lymphoma.


1970s: named after Lyme, a town in Connecticut, US, where an outbreak occurred.

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