[ak-tin-oh-mahy-seez, ak-tuh-noh-]

noun, plural ac·tin·o·my·ces. Bacteriology.

any of several saprophytic, filamentous, anaerobic bacteria of the genus Actinomyces, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans and animals.

Origin of actinomyces

< New Latin (1877), equivalent to Greek aktino- actino- + mýkēs fungus (see myco-)
Related formsac·tin·o·my·ce·tal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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A genus of nonmotile, non-spore-producing, anaerobic to facultatively anaerobic bacteria pathogenic to humans.
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