- any of several anaerobic spirochetes of the genus Treponema, certain species of which are parasitic in and pathogenic for humans and warm-blooded animals.
Origin of treponema
1905–10; < New Latin: genus name < Greek trép(ein) to turn + -o- -o- + nêma thread
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Examples from the Web for treponema
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
Postmortem examination always shows that the Treponema has wrought wide-spread damage in the brain.
Syphilis is caused by Treponema pallidum, a small unicellular animal parasite.
- any anaerobic spirochaete bacterium of the genus Treponema, such as T. pallidum which causes syphilis
C19: from New Latin, from Greek trepein to turn + nēma thread
- A genus of anaerobic spirochetes including species that cause syphilis, pinta, and yaws.
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