streptomyces

noun
strep·to·my·ces | \ˌstrep-tə-ˈmī-ˌsēz \
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

noun
strep·to·my·ces | \-ˈmī-ˌsēz \

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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