streptomycete

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strep·​to·​my·​cete | \ ˌstrep-tə-ˈmī-ˌsēt How to pronounce streptomycete (audio) , -ˌmī-ˈsēt \

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

First Known Use of streptomycete

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for streptomycete

New Latin Streptomycet-, Streptomyces, genus name

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“Streptomycete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/streptomycete. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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streptomycete

noun
strep·​to·​my·​cete | \ -ˈmī-ˌsēt, -ˌmī-ˈsēt How to pronounce streptomycete (audio) \

Medical Definition of streptomycete

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

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