[ buh-bee-zee-oh-sis ]
/ bəˌbi ziˈoʊ sɪs /

noun Veterinary Pathology.

any of several tick-borne diseases of cattle, dogs, horses, sheep, and swine, caused by a babesia protozoan and characterized by fever and languor.

Nearby words

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

Also bab·e·si·a·sis [bab-i-sahy-uh-sis, -zahy-, bey-buh-] /ˌbæb ɪˈsaɪ ə sɪs, -ˈzaɪ-, ˌbeɪ bə-/.

Compare tick fever.

Origin of babesiosis

From New Latin, dating back to 1910–15; see origin at babesia, -osis

Also called piroplasmosis. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for babesiasis


/ (bəˌbiːzɪˈəʊsɪs) /


vet science a tick-borne disease of domesticated and wild mammals as well as humans, caused by a protozoan of the genera Babesia and characterized by fever, anaemia, jaundice, and in severe cases leading to death
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Medicine definitions for babesiasis


[ bə-bē′zē-ōsĭs ]


A human protozoan disease of the red blood cells caused by infection with a species of Babesia that is transmitted by ticks and characterized by fever, malaise, and hemolytic anemia.piroplasmosis

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