• synonyms


  1. A genus of motile bacteria that are flexible, undulating, spiral-shaped rods having flagellalike, tapering ends.
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Examples from the Web for spirochaeta

Historical Examples

  • This disease is caused by a microorganism known as the spirochaeta pallida or treponema pallidum of Schaudinn and Hoffmann.

    Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry

    Maximilian Stern

  • After the failure of Ferrivine to cause the disappearance of Spirochaeta pallida from a mucous patch a single dose of 0.3 gm.