- 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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- 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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- Relating to Treponema.
- A genus of anaerobic spirochetes including species that cause syphilis, pinta, and yaws.
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