Definition of babesiosis in English:


(also babesiasis)


  • 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
    • ‘Tick-borne diseases in the United States include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, babesiosis, Colorado tick fever, and relapsing fever.’
    • ‘Southern cattle had acquired immunity to bovine babesiosis - the disease transmitted by these ticks.’
    • ‘For example, I. scapularis may transmit ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and babesiosis.’
    • ‘Babesiasis is usually transmitted by tick bites although there is some non-tick transmission.’
    • ‘The number of symptoms and duration of illness in patients with concurrent Lyme disease and babesiosis are greater than in patients with either infection alone.’


Early 20th century: from modern Latin Babesia, from the name Victor Babès (1854–1926), Romanian bacteriologist.