actinomyces

[ ak-tin-oh-mahy-seez, ak-tuh-noh- ]
/ ækˌtɪn oʊˈmaɪ siz, ˌæk tə noʊ- /

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 forms

ac·tin·o·my·ce·tal, adjective
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Actinomyces

[ ăk′tə-nō-mīsēz′ ]

n.

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