Definition of streptomycete
: any of a family (Streptomycetaceae) of actinomycetes (such as a streptomyces) that form vegetative mycelia which rarely break up into bacillary forms, have conidia borne on sporophores, and are typically aerobic soil saprophytes but include a few parasites of plants and animals
Origin and Etymology of streptomycete
New Latin Streptomycet-, Streptomyces, genus name
First Known Use: 1948
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