actinomycete

noun
ac·ti·no·my·cete | \-ˈmī-ˌsēt, -mī-ˈsēt\

Definition of actinomycete 

: any of an order (Actinomycetales) of filamentous or rod-shaped bacteria (such as the actinomyces and streptomyces)

First Known Use of actinomycete

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for actinomycete

taken as singular of New Latin Actinomycetes, plural of Actinomyces actinomyces

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actinomycete

noun
ac·ti·no·my·cete | \-ˈmī-ˌsēt, -mī-ˈsēt \

Medical Definition of actinomycete 

: a bacterium (as an actinomyces or a streptomyces) of the order Actinomycetales — see actinomycosis

Other Words from actinomycete

actinomycetous \-mī-ˈsēt-əs \ adjective

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