actinomyces

noun
ac·​ti·​no·​my·​ces | \ ˌak-(ˌ)ti-nō-ˈmī-ˌsēz How to pronounce actinomyces (audio) , -tə-nō-; ak-ˌti-nō- \
plural actinomyces

Definition of actinomyces

: any of a genus (Actinomyces) of filamentous or rod-shaped bacteria that includes usually commensal and sometimes pathogenic forms inhabiting mucosal surfaces especially of the oral cavity of warm-blooded vertebrates

First Known Use of actinomyces

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for actinomyces

borrowed from New Latin, genus name, from actino- actino- + -myces -myces

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“Actinomyces.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/actinomyces. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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actinomyces

noun
ac·​ti·​no·​my·​ces | \ ˌak-tə-(ˌ)nō-ˈmī-ˌsēz How to pronounce actinomyces (audio) , ak-ˌtin-ō- How to pronounce actinomyces (audio) \

Medical Definition of actinomyces

1 capitalized : a genus of filamentous or rod-shaped gram-positive bacteria of the family Actinomycetaceae that includes usually commensal and sometimes pathogenic forms inhabiting mucosal surfaces especially of the oral cavity — compare actinomycosis
2 plural actinomyces : a bacterium of the genus Actinomyces

Other Words from actinomyces

actinomycetal \ -​ˌmī-​ˈsēt-​ᵊl How to pronounce actinomyces (audio) \ adjective

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