Etymology
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spirochete (n.)

1877, from Modern Latin Spirochæta, the genus name, from spiro- Modern Latin combining form of Greek speira "a coil" (see spiral (adj.)) + Greek khaite "hair" (see chaeto-).

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Definitions of spirochete

spirochete (n.)
parasitic or free-living bacteria; many pathogenic to humans and other animals;
Synonyms: spirochaete
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