streptomycete

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noun strep·to·my·cete \-ˈmī-ˌsēt, -ˌmī-ˈsēt\

Definition of streptomycete

  1. :  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


Medical Dictionary

streptomycete

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noun strep·to·my·cete \-ˈmī-ˌsēt, -ˌmī-ˈsēt\

Medical Definition of streptomycete

  1. :  any actinomycete (as a streptomyces) of the family Streptomycetaceae

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