streptomyces

noun
strep·​to·​my·​ces | \ ˌstrep-tə-ˈmī-ˌsēz How to pronounce streptomyces (audio) \
plural streptomyces

Definition of streptomyces

: any of a genus (Streptomyces) of mostly soil streptomycetes including some that form antibiotics as by-products of their metabolism

First Known Use of streptomyces

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for streptomyces

New Latin, from strepto- + Greek mykēs fungus — more at myc-

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“Streptomyces.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/streptomyces. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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streptomyces

noun
strep·​to·​my·​ces | \ -ˈmī-ˌsēz How to pronounce streptomyces (audio) \

Medical Definition of streptomyces

1 capitalized : the type genus of the family Streptomycetaceae comprising mostly soil actinomycetes including some that form antibiotics as by-products of their metabolism
2 plural streptomyces : any bacterium of the genus Streptomyces

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