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actinomycete

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noun ac·ti·no·my·cete \-ˈmī-ˌsēt, -mī-ˈsēt\

Definition of actinomycete

  1. :  any of an order (Actinomycetales) of filamentous or rod-shaped bacteria (as the actinomyces and streptomyces)



Origin of actinomycete

ultimately from Greek aktin-, aktis + mykēt-, mykēs


First Known Use: 1883


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actinomycete

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noun ac·ti·no·my·cete \-ˈmī-ˌsēt, -mī-ˈsēt\

Medical Definition of actinomycete

  1. :  a bacterium (as an actinomyces or a streptomyces) of the order Actinomycetales—see actinomycosis

actinomycetous \-mī-ˈsēt-əs\play adjective



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