Skip to Content
Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ă-kō-lē-plas′mă

Definition: A genus of bacteria that has characteristics identical to those of the genus Mycoplasma, with the exception that the acholeplasmas do not require sterol for growth; saprophytic and parasitic species occur. Acholeplasma appears as a contaminant in tissue culture media that have been supplemented with animal sera. The type species is Acholeplasma laidlawii.

© Copyright 2016 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.