American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- 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.
- n. any of several coiled bacteria, of the order Spirochaetales, most of which are pathogenic to both humans and animals
- n. parasitic or free-living bacteria; many pathogenic to humans and other animals
- New Latin Spīrochaeta, genus name : Latin spīra, coil; see spire2 + New Latin chaeta, bristle, hair; see chaeta. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Syphilis is caused by an organism called Treponema pallidum, which is a type of bacterium called a spirochete, and is characterised by three stages: primary syphilis, secondary syphilis and tertiary syphilis.”
“Caused by the bacteria known as a spirochete (the same bacteria that causes syphilis), it is contracted by drinking water contaminated with animal urine.”
“She thinks the flagellum came about by symbiogenesis of a spirochete with another bacteria.”
“Perhaps their two functioning brain cells are held together by a spirochete? —”
“Perhaps their two functioning brain cells are held together by a spirochete?”
“Damn spirochete tries to kick my ass, I will kick its ass.”
“The logic was circular, the language tethered only to itself, not to something as solid as a spirochete or a bacillus.”
“Because it vaguely resembled the spiraling trypanosomes, it made sense to see whether compound 418, which had killed those germs so well, would also attack the syphilis spirochete.”
“Lyme disease is cause by a spirochete, and it is quite sensitive to amoxicillin.”
“Some bacteria are corkscrew-shaped, like the spirochete Treponema pallidum, but macroscopic organisms with corkscrew tails are rare indeed.”
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