nounpl. -·mas or -·ma·ta
any of a genus (Treponema) of slender spirochetes parasitic in mammals and birds, including some that are pathogenic to humans, as the organisms causing syphilis and yaws
Origin of treponemaModern Latin from Classical Greek trepein, to turn (see trope) + n?ma, a thread from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)n?- from source needle
nounpl. trep·o·ne·ma·ta, or trep·o·ne·mas
Any of a group of spirochetes of the genus Treponema, including those that cause syphilis, pinta, and yaws.
Origin of treponemaNew Latin Treponēma genus name Greek trepein to turn ; see trep- in Indo-European roots.Greek nēma thread ; see (s)nē- in Indo-European roots.
- trep′o·ne′mal trep′o·nem′a·tous