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A genus of parasitic sporozoans of the family Babesiidae that infect the red blood cells of humans and of animals such as dogs, cattle, and sheep.
[New Latin Babesia, genus name, after Victor Babeş (1854-1926), Romanian bacteriologist.]
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any of several species of parasite that affect humans and animals, esp Babesia bigemina, which causes fever in cattle
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ba•be•sia(bəˈbi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə)
n., pl. -sias.
any protozoan of the genus Babesia, certain species of which are parasitic and pathogenic for warm-blooded animals.
[< New Latin (1893), after Victor Babeş (1854–1926), Romanian bacteriologist; see -ia]
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