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
mycoplasmalplay \-məl\ adjective
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The infection is caused by a mycoplasma bacteria that lives in the mouths of sea mammals.
Infectious triggers included strep and the bacterium mycoplasma.
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Origin and Etymology of mycoplasma
First Known Use: 1955See Words from the same year
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 2
2plural mycoplasmas also mycoplasmata \-mət-ə\play : any bacterium of the genus Mycoplasma or of the family Mycoplasmataceae—called also pleuropneumonia-like organism, PPLO
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