spirochete

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noun spi·ro·chete \ˈspī-rə-ˌkēt\

Definition of spirochete

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

Variants of spirochete

less commonly

spirochaete

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

Medical Definition of spirochete

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

Variants of spirochete

or chiefly British

spirochaete

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