spirochete

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

Definition of spirochete

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

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Origin and Etymology of spirochete

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


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spirochete

noun spi·ro·chete
variants: or chiefly British spirochaete play \ˈspī-rə-ˌkēt\

medical Definition of spirochete

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

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