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spirillum

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noun, spi·ril·lum \spī-ˈri-ləm\

Definition of spirillum

plural spirillaplay \-ˈri-lə\

  1. :  any of a genus (Spirillum) of curved elongated motile bacteria having tufts of flagella at both poles; broadly :  a spiral filamentous bacterium (as a spirochete)



Origin of spirillum

New Latin, from diminutive of Latin spira coil


First Known Use: circa 1875

Rhymes with spirillum


Medical Dictionary

spirillum

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noun spi·ril·lum \spī-ˈril-əm\

Medical Definition of spirillum

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of gram-negative bacteria comprising elongated forms having tufts of flagella at both poles and usually living in stagnant water rich in organic matter—see rat-bite fever b

  2. 2plural spirilla \-ˈril-ə\play :  any bacterium of the genus Spirillum




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