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[lep-tuh-spahy-ruh] /ˌlɛp təˈspaɪ rə/

noun, plural leptospirae
[lep-tuh-spahy-ree] /ˌlɛp təˈspaɪ ri/ (Show IPA), leptospiras. Bacteriology.
any of several spirally shaped, aerobic bacteria of the genus Leptospira, certain species of which are pathogenic for human beings.

Leptospira Lep·to·spi·ra (lěp’tō-spī’rə)
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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