(also babesiasis /ˌbabiˈzīəsis, -ˈsī-/)
Definition of babesiosis
- a disease of cattle and other livestock, transmitted by the bite of ticks. It affects the red blood cells and causes the passing of red or blackish urine. Also called piroplasmosis.
- This is caused by protozoans of the genus Babesia, phylum Sporozoa
early 20th century: from modern Latin Babesia, from the name Victor Babès (1854–1926), Romanian bacteriologist