Origin and Etymology of streptomyces
New Latin, from strepto- + Greek mykēs fungus — more at myc-
First Known Use: 1944
Medical Definition of streptomyces
1 capitalized : the type genus of the family Streptomycetaceae comprising mostly soil actinomycetes including some that form antibiotics as by-products of their metabolism
2plural streptomyces : any bacterium of the genus Streptomyces
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