treponema

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noun trep·o·ne·ma \ˌtre-pə-ˈnē-mə\

Definition of treponema

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treponemata

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treponemas

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of treponema

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


First Known Use: 1908


Medical Dictionary

treponema

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noun trep·o·ne·ma \ˌtrep-ə-ˈnē-mə\

Medical Definition of treponema

  1. 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. 2plural treponemata \-mət-ə\play or treponemas :  any spirochete of the genus Treponema


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