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