treponema

noun

trep·​o·​ne·​ma ˌtre-pə-ˈnē-mə How to pronounce treponema (audio)
plural treponemata ˌtre-pə-ˈnē-mə-tə How to pronounce treponema (audio) or treponemas
: any of a genus (Treponema) of spirochetes that are pathogenic in humans and other warm-blooded animals and include the causative agents of syphilis and yaws
treponemal adjective

Examples of treponema in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her own research has led her to suspect that the treponema bacteria originated in the New World, manifesting as yaws and spread through skin-to-skin contact exposed by a warm climate. National Geographic, 21 June 2018

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin Treponemat-, Treponema, from Greek trepein to turn + nēma thread, from nēn to spin — more at needle

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of treponema was in 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Treponema.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treponema. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

treponema

noun
trep·​o·​ne·​ma ˌtrep-ə-ˈnē-mə How to pronounce treponema (audio)
1
capitalized : a genus of the family Spirochaetaceae comprising anaerobic spirochetes that are pathogenic in humans and other warm-blooded animals and include one (T. pallidum) causing syphilis and another (T. pertenue) causing yaws
2
plural treponemata -mət-ə How to pronounce treponema (audio) or treponemas : any spirochete of the genus Treponema
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