from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An inflammatory disease caused by a spirochete (Borrelia burgdorferi) that is transmitted by ticks, usually characterized initially by a rash followed by flulike symptoms including fever, joint pain, and headache. If left untreated, the disease can result in chronic arthritis and nerve and heart dysfunction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Infection by a bacterium of the genus Borrelia which is transmitted by ticks. Symptoms include a rash followed by fever, joint pain, and headaches.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an acute inflammatory disease characterized by a rash with joint swelling and fever; caused by bacteria carried by the bite of a deer tick


After Lyme, a town of southeast Connecticut.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after the town of Lyme, Connecticut, USA, where a number of cases were identified in 1975. (Wiktionary)


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