Definition of Lyme disease noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Lyme disease

BrE BrE//ˈlaɪm dɪziːz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪm dɪziːz//
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a serious disease that causes fever and pain in the joints of the body, caused by bacteria carried by ticks (= small insects) Word Origin1970s: named after Lyme, a town in Connecticut, US, where an outbreak occurred.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Lyme disease