[ ak-tin-oh-mahy-koh-sis, ak-tuh-noh- ]
/ ækˌtɪn oʊ maɪˈkoʊ sɪs, ˌæk tə noʊ- /

noun Veterinary Pathology, Pathology.

an infectious, inflammatory disease caused by Actinomyces israelii in humans and A. bovis in domestic animals, and characterized by lumpy, often suppurating tumors, especially, about the jaws.

Origin of actinomycosis

First recorded in 1880–85; actinomyc(es) + -osis
Also called lumpy jaw.

OTHER WORDS FROM actinomycosis

ac·tin·o·my·cot·ic [ak-tin-oh-mahy-kot-ik, ak-tuh-noh-] /ækˌtɪn oʊ maɪˈkɒt ɪk, ˌæk tə noʊ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for actinomycosis

/ (ˌæktɪnəʊmaɪˈkəʊsɪs) /


a fungal disease of cattle and of cats and dogs, sometimes transmitted to humans esp by bites, characterized by a swelling of the affected part, most often the jaw or lungsNontechnical name: lumpy jaw

Derived forms of actinomycosis

actinomycotic (ˌæktɪnəʊmaɪˈkɒtɪk), adjective
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Medicine definitions for actinomycosis

[ ăk′tə-nō-mī-kōsĭs ]


An inflammatory disease of cattle, hogs, and sometimes humans, caused by microorganisms of the genus Actinomyces and characterized by lumpy tumors of the mouth, neck, chest, and abdomen.

Other words from actinomycosis

ac′ti•no•my•cotic (-kŏtĭk) adj.
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