mycoplasma definition

  • noun:
    • Any of numerous parasitic, pathogenic microorganisms of the genus Mycoplasma that lack a true mobile wall, are gram-negative, and need sterols including cholesterol for growth. In humans, one species is a primary reason for nonbacterial pneumonia. Also called pleuropneumonia-like system.
    • Any infectious bacterium of the genus Mycoplasma, frequently specifically Mycoplasma pneumoniae
    • a phrase used by Eriksson to a latent infective form of Puccinia which, hidden in the cytoplasm associated with the host-cells, later on develops into mycelium. In addition mycoplasm.
    • any one of a group of tiny parasitic micro-organisms that lack cell wall space and can endure without oxygen; can cause pneumonia and urinary system infection

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