[buh-bee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
- any protozoan of the genus Babesia, certain species of which are parasitic and pathogenic for warm-blooded animals.
Origin of babesia
1893; < New Latin, named after Victor Babeş (1854–1926), Romanian bacteriologist; see -ia
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Examples from the Web for babesia
In spite of the detailed study which it has received, the life cycle of Babesia bovis has not been satisfactorily worked out.
In Babesia canis, Christopher observed developmental stages in the tick.
- 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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