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 spirochetefrom 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 Spīrochaeta genus name Latin spīra coil ; see spire 2. New Latin chaeta bristle, hair ; see chaeta .