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
: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


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 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

actinomycetal

play \-ˌmī-ˈsēt-ᵊl\ adjective

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