- International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
- Volume 23, Issue 1
f Etymology of the Term Mycoplasma
- Authors: CONRAD J. KRASS, MAX W. GARDNER
- First Published Online: 01 January 1973, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 23: 62-64, doi: 10.1099/00207713-23-1-62
- Subject: Notes
- Issue Published:
The term mycoplasma apparently was first used by A. B. Frank in 1889 and then by Jakob Eriksson in 1897 to denote an intimate relationship between plant-invading fungi or other microorganisms and their host cells. Julien Nowak, in 1929, used the term taxonomically for the bovine pleuropneumonia organism. E. A. Freundt and D. G. Edward have since used the term mycoplasma in the classification of “pleuropneumonia-like” organisms. The original usage of the term to denote a cytological concept does not, however, affect the legitimacy of the subsequent taxonomic usage.
Copyright © 1973 International Association of Microbiological Societies | Published by the Microbiology Society
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