[ buh-rel-ee-uh, -rel-yuh, -ree-lee-uh, -reel-yuh ]
/ bəˈrɛl i ə, -ˈrɛl yə, -ˈri li ə, -ˈril yə /
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any of several spiral, parasitic bacteria of the genus Borrelia, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans, other mammals, or birds.
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Origin of borrelia
<New Latin (1907), named after Amédée Borrel (died 1936); see -ia
Words nearby borrelia
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Caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, the illness is transmitted by the bite of an infected tick.Predator Doctors Take Advantage of Patients With ‘Chronic Lyme’ Scam|Russell Saunders|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Medical definitions for borrelia
[ bə-rē′lē-ə, -rĕl′ē-ə ]
A genus of parasitic irregularly coiled helical spirochetes, some species of which cause relapsing fever in humans.
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