Definition of Spirillum

1. Noun. Spirally twisted elongate rodlike bacteria usually living in stagnant water.

Generic synonyms: Eubacteria, Eubacterium, True Bacteria
Group relationships: Genus Spirillum
Specialized synonyms: Ratbite Fever Bacterium, Spirillum Minus



2. Noun. Any flagellated aerobic bacteria having a spirally twisted rodlike form.
Exact synonyms: Spirilla
Generic synonyms: Eubacteria, Eubacterium, True Bacteria

Definition of Spirillum

1. n. A genus of common motile microörganisms (Spirobacteria) having the form of spiral- shaped filaments. One species is said to be the cause of relapsing fever.

Definition of Spirillum

1. Noun. Any of various aerobic bacteria of the genus ''Spirillum'', having an elongated spiral form and bearing a tuft of flagella. ¹

2. Noun. Any of various other spiral-shaped microorganisms. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Spirillum

1. a spirally twisted, aerobic bacterium [n -LA]

Medical Definition of Spirillum

1. A fairly rigid helically twisted bacterial cell often, but not necessarily, a member of the genus Spirillum. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spirillum

spirenes
spires
spiric
spiricle
spiricles
spirics
spirier
spiriest
spirifer
spirifers
spirilla
spirillar
spirillar dysentery
spirillicidal
spirillosis
spirillum (current term)
spirillum fever
spirillums
spiring
spirit
spirit away
spirit bear
spirit duplicator
spirit gum
spirit lamp
spirit lamps
spirit level
spirit levels
spirit of nitre
spirit of salt

Literary usage of Spirillum

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1. Manual of bacteriology by Robert Muir, James Ritchie (1913)
"Morphologically it closely resembles Koch's spirillum, and cannot be distinguished from it by its microscopical characters, although, on the whole, ..."

2. Manual of Bacteriology by Edgar March Crookshank (1887)
"Genus II.—spirillum. SPECIES. ASSOCIATED WITH DISEASE :— f spirillum ... spirillum of Relapsing Fever).—Threads similar to the spirillum ..."

3. Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society by Royal Microscopical Society, London (1878)
"f The life-history of spirillum, so far as at present known, ... Dr. Ewart in conjunction with Mr. Patrick Geddes also contributes a paper on spirillum. ..."

4. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1908)
"The "spirillum of Kinkier and Prior" was originally discovered in old stools obtained from a case of cholera nostras.* It does not give the typical ..."

5. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1908)
"The "spirillum of Finkler and Prior" was originally discovered in old stools obtained from a case of cholera nostras.* It does not give the typical ..."

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