Definition of Spirochete

1. Noun. Parasitic or free-living bacteria; many pathogenic to humans and other animals.




Definition of Spirochete

1. Noun. any of several coiled bacteria, of the order ''Spirochaetales'', most of which are pathogenic to both humans and animals ¹

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Definition of Spirochete

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Medical Definition of Spirochete

1. A microscopic bacterial organism, a spirochete apperars worm-like, spiral-shaped, and wiggles vigorously when viewed under a microscope. Treponema pallidum, the cause of syphilis, is a particularly well-known member of the spirochaeta family. The term spirochete is an odd hybrid of greek and latin roots, the latin spira for coil and the greek chaite for long flowing hair, formed because the spirochete looked like a coil of hair. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spirochete

spiro-annulated
spiro-index
spiro compound
spiro compounds
spiroacetal
spiroacetals
spirobacteria
spirochaeta
spirochaetaceae
spirochaetales
spirochaetales infections
spirochaete
spirochaetes
spirochetal
spirochetal jaundice
spirochete (current term)
spirochetemia
spirochetes
spirocheticide
spirochetolysis
spirochetoses
spirochetosis
spirochetotic
spirochæte
spirocyclic
spirocyclobutane
spirocyclobutanes
spirocycloheptane
spirocycloheptanes
spirocyclohexane

Literary usage of Spirochete

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1. The Treatment of Syphilis with Salvarsan by Wilhelm Wechselmann (1911)
"Very long, as well as very short specimens of spirochete are found in the same preparation. The local movement of the spirochetes is very slight; ..."

2. Essentials of Laboratory Diagnosis: Designed for Students and Practitioners by Francis Ashley Faught (1912)
"Previous to this the administration of quinine should be withheld for as long a period as possible. THE spirochete PALLIDA. ..."

3. International Medical and Surgical Surveyby American Institute of Medicine by American Institute of Medicine (1922)
"The Panama strain of the relapsing fever spirochete, which has recently been described, has now been conclusively proved to be a distinct species of the ..."

4. Animal Parasites and Human Disease by Asa Crawford Chandler (1918)
"Both mercury and salvarsan are effective in the treatment of this disease as of most other spirochete diseases. Attention should be called to the fact that ..."

5. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children (1916)
"In those cases where the child dies and comes to autopsy a further diagnostic possibility is available—the demonstration of the spirochete pallidum in the ..."

6. Veterinary Bacteriology: A Treatise on the Bacteria, Yeasts, Molds, and by Robert Earle Buchanan (1911)
"... CHAPTER XLII spirochete GROUP THERE is probably more confusion relative to the classification of the members of this group of organisms than in any ..."

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