treponema

noun trep·o·ne·ma \ ˌtre-pə-ˈnē-mə \

Definition of treponema

plural treponemata play \-mə-tə\ 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

play \-məl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of treponema

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


Medical Dictionary

treponema

noun trep·o·ne·ma \ ˌtrep-ə-ˈnē-mə \

medical Definition of treponema

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 play \-mət-ə\ or treponemas :any spirochete of the genus Treponema

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