[ buh-bee-zee-oh-sis ]

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

Origin of babesiosis

From New Latin, dating back to 1910–15; see origin at babesia, -osis
  • Also bab·e·si·a·sis [bab-i-sahy-uh-sis, -zahy-, bey-buh-]. /ˌbæb ɪˈsaɪ ə sɪs, -ˈzaɪ-, ˌbeɪ bə-/.

Words Nearby babesiosis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for babesiosis


/ (bəˌbiːzɪˈəʊsɪs) /

  1. 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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