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actinomyces

[ak-tin-oh-mahy-seez, ak-tuh-noh-] /ækˌtɪn oʊˈmaɪ siz, ˌæk tə noʊ-/
noun, plural actinomyces. Bacteriology
1.
any of several saprophytic, filamentous, anaerobic bacteria of the genus Actinomyces, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans and animals.
Origin
< Neo-Latin (1877), equivalent to Greek aktino- actino- + mýkēs fungus (see myco-)
Related forms
actinomycetal, adjective
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actinomycetal in Medicine

Actinomyces Ac·ti·no·my·ces (āk'tə-nō-mī'sēz')
n.
A genus of nonmotile, non-spore-producing, anaerobic to facultatively anaerobic bacteria pathogenic to humans.

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