leptospira

[ lep-tuh-spahy-ruh ]

noun,plural lep·to·spi·rae [lep-tuh-spahy-ree], /ˌlɛp təˈspaɪ ri/, lep·to·spi·ras.Bacteriology.
  1. any of several spirally shaped, aerobic bacteria of the genus Leptospira, certain species of which are pathogenic for human beings.

Origin of leptospira

1
<New Latin (1917), equivalent to lepto-lepto- + Latin spīra coil; see spire2

Other words from leptospira

  • lep·to·spi·ral, adjective

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