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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a group of spirochetes of the genus Treponema, including those that cause syphilis, pinta, and yaws.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many anaerobic spirochetes, of the genus Treponema, many of which cause infectious diseases

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of parasitic flagellates. The best-known species is T. palhdum, the supposed pathogenic micro-organism of syphilis, formerly called Spirochæte pallida.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. spirochete that causes disease in humans (e.g. syphilis and yaws)

Etymologies

New Latin Treponēma, genus name : Greek trepein, to turn; + Greek nēma, thread.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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