any of an order (Spirochaetales) of slender, flexible, spiral-shaped bacteria, including some species that cause disease, some that are parasitic, and some that are free-living
also sp. spi′ro·chaete·
Origin of spirochete; from Modern Latin Spirochaeta, genus name ; from Classical Greek speira, spire + chait?, hair
Any of various slender, spiral, motile bacteria of the order Spirochaetales, many of which are pathogenic, causing syphilis, relapsing fever, yaws, and other diseases.
Origin of spirocheteNew Latin Sp&imacron;rochaeta, genus name : Latin sp&imacron;ra, coil; see spire2 + New Latin chaeta, bristle, hair; see chaeta.