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Definition of Treponema pallidum

Treponema pallidum: The cause of syphilis, a worm-like, spiral-shaped bacterium called a spirochete that wiggles vigorously when viewed under a microscope.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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