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The term mycoplasma is used to define a family of micro-organisms that share certain properties with bacteria, and others with viruses. Mycoplasma are, nevertheless, categorized as bacteria, and responsible for a certain number of infectious pathologies. They typically cause pathologies of the animal, or even plant kingdom, yet some can affect humans. Depending on the type of mycoplasma invading the body, different organs can be affected and a variety of conditions can be caused, such as the pulmonary diseases generally associated with mycoplasma pneumonia, or infections of the reproductive organs due to ureaplasma urealyticum.