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actinomycete

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

Definition of ACTINOMYCETE

:  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

actinomycete

noun ac·ti·no·my·cete \-ˈmī-ˌsēt, -mī-ˈsēt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ACTINOMYCETE

:  a bacterium (as an actinomyces or a streptomyces) of the order Actinomycetales—see actinomycosis
ac·ti·no·my·ce·tous \-mī-ˈsēt-əs\ adjective

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