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spirochete

noun spi·ro·chete \ˈspī-rə-ˌkēt\

Definition of SPIROCHETE

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

Variants of SPIROCHETE

spi·ro·chete also spi·ro·chaete \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

spirochete

noun spi·ro·chete   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SPIROCHETE

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

Variants of SPIROCHETE

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

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