(= spirochete (USA) )
An elongated, spirally-shaped bacterium, eg. the organism responsible for syphilis.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • spirochaete — n. (US spirochete) any of various flexible spiral shaped bacteria. Etymology: SPIRO (1) + Gk khaite long hair * * * noun parasitic or free living bacteria; many pathogenic to humans and other animals • Syn: ↑spirochete • Hypernyms: ↑eubacteria, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Spirochaete — Spirochaeta Spi ro*ch[ae] ta, Spirochaete Spi ro*ch[ae] te, n. [L. spira a coil + Gr. ??? hair.] (Biol.) A genus of Spirobacteria similar to Spirillum, but distinguished by its motility. One species, the {Spiroch[ae]te Obermeyeri}, is supposed to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spirochaete — Relapsing Re*laps ing, a. Marked by a relapse; falling back; tending to return to a former worse state. [1913 Webster] {Relapsing fever} (Med.), an acute, epidemic, contagious fever, which prevails also endemically in Ireland, Russia, and some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spirochaete — noun see spirochete …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Spirochaete — Spirochaetes Spirochètes …   Wikipédia en Français

  • spirochaete — noun alternative spelling of spirochete …   Wiktionary

  • spirochaete — n. any one of a group of spiral shaped bacteria that lack a rigid cell wall and move by means of muscular flexions of the cell. The group includes the genera Borrelia, Leptospira, and Treponema …   Medical dictionary

  • spirochaete — n. any of a number of spiral shaped bacteria …   English contemporary dictionary

  • spirochaete — [ spʌɪrə(ʊ)ki:t] (US spirochete) noun a flexible spirally twisted bacterium of an order (Spirochaetales) including that responsible for syphilis. Origin C19: from spiro 1 + Gk khaitē long hair …   English new terms dictionary

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