Definition of treponema
: any of a genus (Treponema) of spirochetes that are pathogenic in humans and other warm-blooded animals and include the causative agents of syphilis and yaws
Origin of treponema
New Latin Treponemat-, Treponema, from Greek trepein to turn + nēma thread, from nēn to spin — more at needle
First Known Use: 1908
Medical Definition of treponema
1 capitalized : a genus of the family Spirochaetaceae comprising anaerobic spirochetes that are pathogenic in humans and other warm-blooded animals and include one (T. pallidum) causing syphilis and another (T. pertenue) causing yaws
2plural trep·o·ne·ma·ta \-mət-ə\play or trep·o·ne·mas : any spirochete of the genus Treponema
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