Any of various irregularly coiled helical spirochetes of the genus Borrelia, some species of which cause relapsing fever in humans, other mammals, and birds.
Origin of borreliaNew Latin, after Amédée Borrel, (1867–1936), French bacteriologist.
(plural borrelias or borreliae)
- Any of various helically coiled spirochetes, of the genus Borrelia, some of which cause relapsing fever.
For Amédée Borrel, French bacteriologist