actinomyces

noun
ac·ti·no·my·ces | \ˌak-(ˌ)ti-nō-ˈmī-ˌsēz, -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

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

Other Words from actinomyces

actinomycetal \-ˌmī-ˈsēt-ᵊl \ adjective

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