Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various slender, spiral, motile bacteria of the order Spirochaetales, many of which are pathogenic, causing syphilis, relapsing fever, yaws, and other diseases.

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  • noun any of several coiled bacteria, of the order Spirochaetales, most of which are pathogenic to both humans and animals

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  • noun parasitic or free-living bacteria; many pathogenic to humans and other animals

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Spīrochaeta, genus name : Latin spīra, coil; see spire + New Latin chaeta, bristle, hair; see chaeta.]

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  • reesetee, this one is definitely worse than it sounds, no? It's an awfully pretty word for such a nasty thing.

    May 24, 2008

  • Oh, yes. Good catch. :-)

    May 24, 2008