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Any of several parasitic protozoans of the order Piroplasmida, such as babesia, that infect red blood cells.

[New Latin Piroplasma, genus name : Latin pirum, pear; see pear + Greek plasma, image; see plasma.]


(ˈpɪrəˌplæzəm) or


n, pl -plasms or -plasmata
(Veterinary Science) a protozoan, parasitic in red blood cells, that infects and is transmitted to other animals by ticks


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piroplasm - minute parasite of red blood cells of mammals transmitted by a tick and causing diseases of domestic animals
sporozoan - parasitic spore-forming protozoan
Babesiidae, family Babesiidae - piroplasms and cattle pathogens
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A fatal case of babesiosis in Missouri: identification of another piroplasm that infects humans.
Luis Cardoso of the Department of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal, whose group reported the first cases of clinical babesiosis by Babesia microti-like piroplasm outside Spain.
Single dilution ELISAs using soluble piroplasm, cellular schizont and soluble schizont antigens for the detection of antibodies against Theileria annulata.
was first reported by Kertzelli in 1909; he named the piroplasm Piroplasma tarandi rhangferis.