leptospire

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noun lep·to·spire \ˈlep-tə-ˌspī(-ə)r\

Definition of leptospire

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

leptospiral

play \ˌlep-tə-ˈspī-rəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of leptospire

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


First Known Use: 1952


Medical Dictionary

leptospire

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noun lep·to·spire \ˈlep-tə-ˌspī(ə)r\

Medical Definition of leptospire

  1. :  any spirochete of the genus Leptospira—called also leptospira


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