treponema


trep·o·ne·ma

noun \ˌtre-pə-ˈnē-mə\
plural trep·o·ne·ma·ta \-mə-tə\ or trep·o·ne·mas

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
trep·o·ne·mal \-məl\ adjective

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

trep·o·ne·ma

noun \ˌtrep-ə-ˈnē-mə\   (Medical Dictionary)

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
2
plural trep·o·ne·ma·ta \-mət-ə\ or trep·o·ne·mas : any spirochete of the genus Treponema

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