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a species that has been isolated from the respiratory tract and central nervous system of newborns. It causes infections of the genitourinary tract, particularly urethritis; thought to be sexually transmitted and transmitted from mother to infant. The laboratory diagnosis is simplified through the use of urea-containng agar, permitting detection of the tiny colonies.
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Ureaplasma urealyticumT strain mycoplasma Microbiology A species of small gram-negative bacteria of the family Mycoplasmataceae that lack a cell wall and catabolize urea–to ammonia; U urealyticum resides in the genital tract and nasopharynx, is sexually transmitted, and causes nongonococcal urethritis, urethroprostatitis, epididymitis in ♂; UTIs, fetal wastage, chorioamnionitis, and ↑ infertility in ♀, URIs; CNS infections in neonates Management Tetracycline–eg, doxycycline; if resistant, erythromycin. See Mycoplasma hominis. Cf Mycoplasma pneumoniae.
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A mycoplasma that is usually sexually transmitted. It may cause inflammation of the reproductive or urinary tracts in males and females. It has been implicated in a wide variety of infections in babies with low birth weight.
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