actinomyces

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noun ac·ti·no·my·ces \ˌak-(ˌ)ti-nō-ˈmī-ˌsēz, -tə-nō-; ak-ˌti-nō-\

Definition of actinomyces

plural

actinomyces

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of actinomyces

New Latin, genus name, from actin- + Greek mykēt-, mykēs fungus; akin to Greek myxa mucus — more at mucus


First Known Use: 1882


Medical Dictionary

actinomyces

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noun ac·ti·no·my·ces \ˌak-tə-(ˌ)nō-ˈmī-ˌsēz, ak-ˌtin-ō-\

Medical Definition of actinomyces

  1. 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. 2plural actinomyces :  a bacterium of the genus Actinomyces

actinomycetal

\-ˌmī-ˈsēt-əl\play adjective

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