mycoplasma

noun
my·​co·​plas·​ma | \ˌmī-kō-ˈplaz-mə \
plural mycoplasmas also mycoplasmata\-​mə-​tə \

Definition of mycoplasma 

: any of a genus (Mycoplasma of the family Mycoplasmataceae) of pleomorphic gram-negative chiefly nonmotile bacteria that lack a cell wall and are mostly parasitic usually in mammals

called also pleuropneumonia-like organism

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mycoplasmal \-​məl \ adjective

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In the course of her investigation, a host of alternate infections have emerged: not just strep, but bacterial mycoplasma, influenza, sinusitis, pneumonia and others. Pamela Weintraub, Discover Magazine, "Hidden Invaders," 29 Mar. 2017 The infection is caused by a mycoplasma bacteria that lives in the mouths of sea mammals. Ajc Homepage, ajc, "Girl pulled into water by sea lion treated for rare bacterial disease," 25 May 2017 Infectious triggers included strep and the bacterium mycoplasma. Pamela Weintraub, Discover Magazine, "Hidden Invaders," 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of mycoplasma

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mycoplasma

New Latin

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mycoplasma

noun
my·​co·​plas·​ma | \ˌmī-kō-ˈplaz-mə \

Medical Definition of mycoplasma 

1 capitalized : the type genus of the family Mycoplasmataceae containing minute pleomorphic gram-negative chiefly nonmotile bacteria that are mostly parasitic usually in mammals — see pleuropneumonia sense 2

2 plural mycoplasmas also mycoplasmata\-​mət-​ə \ : any bacterium of the genus Mycoplasma or of the family Mycoplasmataceae

called also pleuropneumonia-like organism, PPLO

Other Words from mycoplasma

mycoplasmal \-​məl \ adjective

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