leptospire

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lep·​to·​spire | \ ˈlep-tə-ˌspī(-ə)r How to pronounce leptospire (audio) \

Definition of leptospire

: any of a genus (Leptospira) of slender aerobic spiral-shaped spirochetes that are free-living or parasitic in mammals

Other Words from leptospire

leptospiral \ ˌlep-​tə-​ˈspī-​rəl How to pronounce leptospiral (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of leptospire

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leptospire

New Latin Leptospira, from Greek leptos + Latin spira coil — more at spire

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“Leptospire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leptospire. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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leptospire

noun
lep·​to·​spire | \ ˈlep-tə-ˌspī(ə)r How to pronounce leptospire (audio) \

Medical Definition of leptospire

: any spirochete of the genus Leptospira

called also leptospira

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