Spirochete meaning

spīrə-kēt
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Any of various slender, spiral, motile bacteria of the order Spirochaetales, many of which are pathogenic, causing syphilis, relapsing fever, yaws, and other diseases.
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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.
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Any of various slender, spiral, motile bacteria of the order Spirochaetales, many of which are pathogenic, causing syphilis, relapsing fever, yaws, and other diseases.
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Any of various bacteria of the order Spirochaetales that are shaped like a spiral, such as Treponema pallidum , the pathogen that causes syphilis.
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Any of several coiled bacteria, of the order Spirochaetales, most of which are pathogenic to both humans and animals.
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Origin of spirochete

  • New Latin Spīrochaeta genus name Latin spīra coil spire2 New Latin chaeta bristle, hair chaeta

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition