noun, plural trep·o·ne·mas, trep·o·ne·ma·ta [trep-uh-nee-muh-tuh] /ˌtrɛp əˈni mə tə/.
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;Related formstrep·o·nem·a·tous [trep-uh-nem-uh-tuh s, -nee-muh-] /ˌtrɛp əˈnɛm ə təs, -ˈni mə-/, trep·o·ne·mal, adjective
< New Latin:
genus name < Greek trép(ein
) to turn + -o- -o-
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Historical Examples of treponema
This disease is caused by a microorganism known as the spirochaeta pallida or treponema pallidum of Schaudinn and Hoffmann.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for treponema
noun plural -nemas, -nemata (-ˈniːmətə) or -nemes
Derived Formstreponematous (ˌtrɛpəˈnɛmətəs), adjective
any anaerobic spirochaete bacterium of the genus Treponema, such as T. pallidum which causes syphilis
Word Origin for treponema
C19: from New Latin, from Greek trepein to turn + nēma thread
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A genus of anaerobic spirochetes including species that cause syphilis, pinta, and yaws.
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