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babesiosis Line breaks: ba¦besi|osis
Pronunciation: /bəˌbiːzɪˈəʊsɪs/
(also babesiasis ˌbɑːbɪˈzʌɪəsɪs)

Definition of babesiosis in English:


[mass noun]
A disease of cattle and other livestock, transmitted by the bite of ticks. It affects the red blood cells and causes the passing of red or blackish urine. Also called piroplasmosis, redwater, or murrain.
  • The disease is caused by protozoans of the genus Babesia, phylum Sporozoa
Example sentences
  • Southern cattle had acquired immunity to bovine babesiosis - the disease transmitted by these ticks.
  • Tick-borne diseases in the United States include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, babesiosis, Colorado tick fever, and relapsing fever.
  • For example, I. scapularis may transmit ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and babesiosis.


Early 20th century: from modern Latin Babesia, from the name Victor Babès (1854–1926), Romanian bacteriologist.

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