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A genus of bacteria (order Mycoplasmatales) that possesses the same characteristics as the organisms in the genus Mycoplasma except that the thermoplasmas do not require sterol for growth, have an optimal temperature of 55-59°C, have an optimal pH of 1.0-2.0, and reproduce by budding. The type species is Thermoplasma acidophilum.
[thermo- + G. plasma, something formed]


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(ther'mō-plaz'mă, -plaz'mah-tă),
A vernacular term used to refer to any member of the genus Thermoplasma.


a genus of archebacteria which lack a cell wall; found in coal refuse piles.
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8 Ea resolution reconstruction of the Thermoplasma acidophilum 20 S proteasome using cryo electron microscopy, eLife 2015;10.
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