Definitions for: Spirochaeta


[n] type genus of the family Spirochaetaceae; flexible undulating chiefly aquatic bacteria



Webster (1913) Definition: Spi`ro*ch[ae]"ta, Spirochaete Spi`ro*ch[ae]"te,
n. [L. spira a coil + Gr. ??? hair.] (Biol.)
A genus of Spirobacteria similar to Spirillum, but
distinguished by its motility. One species, the
Spiroch[ae]te Obermeyeri, is supposed to be the cause of
relapsing fever.

Synonyms: genus Spirochaeta

See Also: bacteria genus, family Spirochaetaceae, Spirochaetaceae

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