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streptomyces

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noun, strep·to·my·ces \-ˈmī-ˌsēz\

Definition of streptomyces

plural streptomyces

  1. :  any of a genus (Streptomyces) of mostly soil streptomycetes including some that form antibiotics as by-products of their metabolism



Origin of streptomyces

New Latin, from strepto- + Greek mykēs fungus — more at myc-


First Known Use: 1944


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streptomyces

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noun strep·to·my·ces \-ˈmī-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of streptomyces

  1. 1 capitalized :  the type genus of the family Streptomycetaceae comprising mostly soil actinomycetes including some that form antibiotics as by-products of their metabolism

  2. 2plural streptomyces :  any bacterium of the genus Streptomyces




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