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leptospira

[lep-tuh-spahy-ruh] /ˌlɛp təˈspaɪ rə/
noun, plural leptospirae
[lep-tuh-spahy-ree] /ˌlɛp təˈspaɪ ri/ (Show IPA),
leptospiras. Bacteriology
1.
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
Related forms
leptospiral, adjective
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leptospiral in Medicine

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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