American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- n. pathology Infection by a bacterium of the genus Borrelia which is transmitted by ticks. Symptoms include a rash followed by fever, joint pain, and headaches.
- 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
- Named after the town of Lyme, Connecticut, USA, where a number of cases were identified in 1975. (Wiktionary)
- After Lyme, a town of southeast Connecticut. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Inevitably, any relevant context about their work was omitted—which is not to say it wasn’t readily available: That March, Savely had left Texas when the doctor she’d been working with was threatened with the loss of his medical license if he continued to sign off on her practice of prescribing a year or more’s worth of antibiotics to patients who claimed to be suffering from Lyme disease or Morgellons.”
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