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spirochete

noun spi·ro·chete \ˈspī-rə-ˌkēt\

Definition of spirochete

  1. :  any of an order (Spirochaetales) of slender spirally undulating bacteria including those causing syphilis and Lyme disease



Variants of spirochete

also spi·ro·chaete play \ˈspī-rə-ˌkēt\

Origin of spirochete

New Latin Spirochaeta, genus of bacteria, from Latin spira coil + Greek chaitē long hair — more at spire


First Known Use: circa 1877


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spirochete

noun spi·ro·chete

Medical Definition of spirochete

  1. :  any bacterium of the order Spirochaetales including those causing syphilis and relapsing fever



Variants of spirochete

or chiefly British spi·ro·chaete \ˈspī-rə-ˌkēt\play

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