noun, plural treponemas, treponemata [trep-uh-nee-muh-tuh] .
any of several anaerobic spirochetes of the genus Treponema, certain species of which are parasitic in and pathogenic for humans and warm-blooded animals.

1905–10; < Neo-Latin: genus name < Greek trép(ein) to turn + -o- -o- + nêma thread

treponematous [trep-uh-nem-uh-tuhs, -nee-muh-] , treponemal, adjective Unabridged
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treponema or treponeme (ˌtrɛpəˈniːmə, ˈtrɛpəniːm)
n , pl -nemas, -nemata, -nemes
any anaerobic spirochaete bacterium of the genus Treponema, such as T. pallidum which causes syphilis
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek trepein to turn + nēma thread]
treponeme or treponeme (ˌtrɛpəˈniːmə, ˈtrɛpəniːm, -ˈniːmətə)
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek trepein to turn + nēma thread]
treponematous or treponeme

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Treponema Trep·o·ne·ma (trěp'ə-nē'mə)
A genus of anaerobic spirochetes including species that cause syphilis, pinta, and yaws.

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