See also: Mycoplasma
From the genus name.
- Any infectious bacterium of the genus Mycoplasma, often specifically Mycoplasma pneumoniae
2007 January 5, Katie Zezima, “More Rhode Island Schools Closed in Disease Outbreak”, in New York Times:
- Officials are investigating whether the illness was caused by mycoplasma, a common bacteria known as walking pneumonia.
2013 March 1, Harold J. Morowitz, “The Smallest Cell”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 2, page 83:
- It is likely that the long evolutionary trajectory of Mycoplasma went from a reductive autotroph to oxidative heterotroph to a cell-wall–defective degenerate parasite. This evolutionary trajectory assumes the simplicity to complexity route of biogenesis, a point of view that is not universally accepted.