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 (bə-rĕl′ē-ə, -rē′lē-ə)
Any of various spirochetes of the genus Borrelia that are pathogens of humans, other mammals, and birds, including the causal agents of Lyme disease and relapsing fever.

[New Latin, after Amédée Borrel (1867-1936), French bacteriologist.]


(bəˈrɛlɪə; bəˈrɛljə)
a genus of helical spirochete bacteria, some causing relapsing fever
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Noun1.borrelia - cause of e.g. European and African relapsing fever
spirochaete, spirochete - parasitic or free-living bacteria; many pathogenic to humans and other animals
genus Borrelia - small flexible parasitic spirochetes having three to five wavy spirals
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13,15-17) R amblyommii and Borrelia lonestari have been suspected at one time to play a role in southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), however the true causative agent of STARI has yet to be confirmed.
Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia lonestari in birds in Tennessee.
Evidence of Borrelia lonestari DNA in Amblyomma americanum (Acari: Ixodidae) removed from humans.
18) This spirochete was named Borrelia lonestari and has been isolated in other infected ticks.
Andrea Varela-Stokes concentrated mainly on Ehrlichia chaffeensis, the agent of human monocytic ehrlichiosis (HME), and Borrelia lonestari (Figure 5), putative agent of "southern tick-associated rash illness" (STARI) in her PhD and post-doctoral work.