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[buh-bee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
  1. any protozoan of the genus Babesia, certain species of which are parasitic and pathogenic for warm-blooded animals.
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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

Historical Examples

  • In spite of the detailed study which it has received, the life cycle of Babesia bovis has not been satisfactorily worked out.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • In Babesia canis, Christopher observed developmental stages in the tick.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

babesia in Medicine


(bə-bēzē-ə, -zhə)
  1. 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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