[ buh-rel-ee-uh, -rel-yuh, -ree-lee-uh, -reel-yuh ]
/ bəˈrɛl i ə, -ˈrɛl yə, -ˈri li ə, -ˈril yə /

noun Bacteriology.

any of several spiral, parasitic bacteria of the genus Borrelia, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans, other mammals, or birds.

Origin of borrelia

< New Latin (1907), named after Amédée Borrel (died 1936); see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for borrelia


[ bə-rēlē-ə, -rĕlē-ə ]


A genus of parasitic irregularly coiled helical spirochetes, some species of which cause relapsing fever in humans.
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