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spirochete

 [spi´ro-kēt]
a highly coiled bacterium; a general term applied to any organism of the order Spirochaetales, which includes the genera Borrelia, Leptospira, and Treponema. Spirochetes are the causative organisms of syphilis, yaws, lyme disease, and various other diseases. adj., adj spiroche´tal.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

spi·ro·chete

(spī'rō-kēt),
A vernacular term used to refer to any organism resembling a Leptospira, Spirochaeta, or Treponema cell.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

spirochete

(spī′rə-kēt′)
n.
Any of various slender, spiral, motile bacteria of the order Spirochaetales, many of which are pathogenic, causing syphilis, relapsing fever, yaws, and other diseases.

spi′ro·chet′al (-kēt′l) adj.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

spi·ro·chete

(spī'rō-kēt)
A vernacular term used to refer to any organism resembling a Leptospira, Spirochaeta, or Treponema cell.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Spirochete

Any of a family of spiral- or coil-shaped bacteria known as Spirochetae. L. interrogans is a spirochete, as well as the organisms that cause syphilis and relapsing fever.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

spi·ro·chete

(spī'rō-kēt)
A vernacular term used to refer to any organism resembling a Leptospira, Spirochaeta, or Treponema cell.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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