[ buh-bee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh ]
/ bəˈbi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə /


any protozoan of the genus Babesia, certain species of which are parasitic and pathogenic for warm-blooded animals.

Nearby words

  1. babelicious,
  2. babelism,
  3. babelize,
  4. babelized,
  5. baber,
  6. babesia microti,
  7. babesiosis,
  8. babette,
  9. babeuf,
  10. babeuf, françois noël

Origin of babesia

1893; < New Latin, named after Victor Babeş (1854–1926), Romanian bacteriologist; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for babesia


[ bə-bēzē-ə, -zhə ]


A genus of parasitic sporozoans of the family Babesiidae that infect the red blood cells of humans and of animals such as dogs, cattle, and sheep.

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