leptospira

noun

lep·​to·​spi·​ra ˌlep-tō-ˈspī-rə How to pronounce leptospira (audio)
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capitalized : a genus of extremely slender aerobic spirochetes (family Leptospiraceae) that are free-living or parasitic in mammals and include a number of important pathogens (as L. icterohaemorrhagiae of Weil's disease or L. canicola of canicola fever)
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plural leptospira or leptospiras or leptospirae -rē How to pronounce leptospira (audio) : leptospire

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“Leptospira.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/leptospira. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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