pl. -·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 Trepon&emacron;ma, genus name : Greek trepein, to turn; see trep- in Indo-European roots + Greek n&emacron;ma, thread; see (s)n&emacron;- in Indo-European roots.
- trep′o·ne′mal, trep′o·nem′a·tous