Definition of Mycoplasma

1. Noun. Any of a group of small parasitic bacteria that lack cell walls and can survive without oxygen; can cause pneumonia and urinary tract infection.

Generic synonyms: Eubacteria, Eubacterium, True Bacteria
Group relationships: Genus Mycoplasma
Specialized synonyms: Pleuropneumonialike Organism, Pplo

Definition of Mycoplasma

1. Noun. Any infectious bacterium of the genus ''Mycoplasma'', often specifically ''Mycoplasma pneumoniae'' ¹

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Definition of Mycoplasma

1. [n -MATA or -MAS]

Medical Definition of Mycoplasma

1. Prokaryotic microorganisms lacking cell walls and therefore resistant to many antibiotics. Formerly known as pleuro pneumonia like organisms (PPLO). A causative agent of pneumonia in humans and some domestic animals, is Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Troublesome contaminants of animal cell cultures, in which they may grow attached or close to cell surfaces, subtly altering properties of the cells, but escaping detection unless specifically monitored. Similar organisms, spiroplasms cause various diseases in plants. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mycoplasma

mycophenolic acid
mycoplasma (current term)
mycoplasma infections
mycoplasma mycoides
mycoplasma pneumonia
mycoplasma pneumonia of pigs
mycoplasma pneumoniae
mycoplasmal pneumonia

Literary usage of Mycoplasma

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Journal of Comparative Pathology and Therapeutics (1888)
"Three of the birds were inoculated intravenously with 0-5 ml. of a 24 hour broth culture of mycoplasma gallisepticum; three of the birds were inoculated ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"Electron microscopy reveals mycoplasma-like bodies in the untreated controls, ... The mycoplasma-like symbionts appear to be implicated in the production of ..."

3. Manual of Microbiologic Monitoring of Laboratory Animals edited by Kim Waggie (1994)
"Matsubara J, Kamiyama T, Saito M, Nakagawa M. Serodiagnosis of mycoplasma pulmonis infection in mice and rats by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. ..."

4. Status of the Department of Veterans Affairs to Identify Gulf War Syndrome edited by Christopher Shays (1998)
"The particular mycoplasma that we found can penetrate and proliferate inside ... mycoplasma infections will respond to antibiotics, and we suggest several ..."

5. Code of Federal Regulations by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Staff (2005)
"11, 1976, as amended at 41 FR 18295, May 3, 1976] Subpart D—mycoplasma § 610.30 Test for mycoplasma. Except as provided otherwise in this subchapter, ..."

6. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Food and Drugs, Pt. 800-1299, Revised by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Staff (2005)
"mycoplasma spp. ane associated with ... The effects in humans of infection with mycoplasma pneumoniae nange ..."

7. Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses: Final Report edited by Joyce C Laslof, Marguerite Knox, John D Baldeschwieler (1997)
"The Committee examined the hypothesis that Gulf War veterans' illnesses could be the result of contamination of anthrax vaccine lots by mycoplasma ..."

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