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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.]
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a genus of helical spirochete bacteria, some causing relapsing fever
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|Noun||1.||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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