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Etymology of the English word leptospirosis

the English word leptospirosis
derived from the Latin word Leptospira
derived from the Greek word speira, σπεῖρα (a coil (spira, 'spire'); a mass of men (a Roman military cohort; also (by analogy) a squad of Levitical janitors))
using the New Latin prefix lepto-


The earliest known usage of leptospirosis in English dates from the 20th century.


Word found in Modern English

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