spirochaete

Definitions of spirochaete
  1. noun
    parasitic or free-living bacteria; many pathogenic to humans and other animals
    synonyms: spirochete
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    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
    type of:
    eubacteria, eubacterium, true bacteria
    a large group of bacteria having rigid cell walls; motile types have flagella
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