Definition of mycoplasma in US English:



  • Any of a group of small typically parasitic bacteria that lack cell walls and sometimes cause diseases.

    Class Mollicutes and order Mycoplasmatales

    • ‘The mycoplasmas are extra cellular parasites usually attached to the external surface of cells, but can also penetrate these.’
    • ‘The cell cultures were routinely checked for mycoplasma and were found to be free of contamination.’
    • ‘All microbes, be it viruses, bacteria, mycoplasma, fungi or parasites interfere in research.’
    • ‘The antibiotics must be able to penetrate cell walls, as the mycoplasma are hidden inside cells.’
    • ‘Results of blood, urine, and bronchoalveolar lavage cultures were negative, as well as serology for legionella and mycoplasma.’