actinomycete

noun
ac·​ti·​no·​my·​cete | \ ˌak-(ˌ)ti-nō-ˈmī-ˌsēt How to pronounce actinomycete (audio) , -mī-ˈsēt, -tə-nō-; ak-ˌti-nō- \

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/actinomycete. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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actinomycete

noun
ac·​ti·​no·​my·​cete | \ -ˈmī-ˌsēt How to pronounce actinomycete (audio) , -mī-ˈsēt How to pronounce actinomycete (audio) \

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 How to pronounce actinomycetous (audio) \ adjective

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