One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of Gram-negative, microaerophilic bacteria with helical, curved, or straight cells, isolated chiefly from the digestive tract of mammals; (also helicobacter) a bacterium of this genus, especially Helicobacter pylori, which causes chronic gastritis and peptic ulcer disease in humans.
1980s. From scientific Latin Helicobacter, genus name from ancient Greek ἑλικο- + -bacter.
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