leptospiral

leptospira

[lep-tuh-spahy-ruh]
noun, plural leptospirae [lep-tuh-spahy-ree] , leptospiras. Bacteriology.
any of several spirally shaped, aerobic bacteria of the genus Leptospira, certain species of which are pathogenic for human beings.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1917), equivalent to lepto- lepto- + Latin spīra coil; see spire2

leptospiral, adjective
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Leptospira Lep·to·spi·ra (lěp'tō-spī'rə)
n.
A genus of aerobic spirochetes of the order Spirochaetales, consisting of thin, tightly coiled cells, many species of which cause leptospirosis.

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