spirochaete

spirochaete
n. (US spirochete) any of various flexible spiral-shaped bacteria.
Etymology: SPIRO-(1) + Gk khaite long hair

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noun
parasitic or free-living bacteria; many pathogenic to humans and other animals
Syn: ↑spirochete
Hypernyms: ↑eubacteria, ↑eubacterium, ↑true bacteria
Member Holonyms: ↑Spirochaetales, ↑order Spirochaetales

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noun

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spirochaete /spīˈrō-kēt/
noun
A spirally coiled bacterium (Spirochaeta and related genera) lacking a rigid cell wall, the cause of syphilis and other diseases
ORIGIN: Gr speira a coil, and chaitē hair, mane
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spirochaetaeˈmia noun
The presence of spirochaetes in the blood, as in the later stages of syphilis
spirochaetōˈsis noun
Infection with a spirochaete, as in syphilis, relapsing fever, etc

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