Pronunciation: (trep"u-nē'mu), [key]
—pl. -mas, -ma•taPronunciation: (-mu-tu). [key]
any of several anaerobic spirochetes of the genus Treponema, certain species of which are parasitic in and pathogenic for humans and warm-blooded animals.
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