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(Microbiology) any of a group of spirally coiled rodlike bacteria that includes the causative agent of syphilis. See treponema
[C19: from New Latin spīrochaeta; see spiro-2, chaeta]
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|Noun||1.||spirochaete - parasitic or free-living bacteria; many pathogenic to humans and other animals|
eubacteria, eubacterium, true bacteria - a large group of bacteria having rigid cell walls; motile types have flagella
treponema - spirochete that causes disease in humans (e.g. syphilis and yaws)
borrelia - cause of e.g. European and African relapsing fever
Borrelia burgdorferi, Lime disease spirochete - cause of Lyme disease; transmitted primarily by ticks of genus Ixodes
leptospira - important pathogens causing Weil's disease or canicola fever
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