spirochete

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noun spi·ro·chete \ˈspī-rə-ˌkēt\
variants: or less commonly

spirochaete

Definition of spirochete

  1. :  any of an order (Spirochaetales) of slender spirally undulating bacteria including those causing syphilis and Lyme disease

Origin and Etymology of spirochete

New Latin Spirochaeta, genus of bacteria, from Latin spira coil + Greek chaitē long hair — more at spire


First Known Use: circa 1877


Medical Dictionary

spirochete

noun spi·ro·chete
variants: or chiefly British

spirochaete

\ˈspī-rə-ˌkēt\play

Medical Definition of spirochete

  1. :  any bacterium of the order Spirochaetales including those causing syphilis and relapsing fever


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