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ac·tin·o·my·ces

 (ăk-tĭn′ō-mī′sēz, ăk′tə-nō-)
n. pl. actinomyces
Any of various rod-shaped or filamentous, chiefly anaerobic bacteria of the genus Actinomyces, commonly found in the mammalian oral cavity and including pathogenic species, such as the causative agents of actinomycosis.

[New Latin Actīnomycēs, genus name : actino- + Greek mukēs, fungus.]

actinomyces

(ˌæktɪnəʊˈmaɪsiːz)
n
a genus of bacteria that causes disease in humans and improves soil ecology

ac•tin•o•my•ces

(ækˌtɪn oʊˈmaɪ siz, ˌæk tə noʊ-)

n., pl. -ces.
any of several filamentous, anaerobic bacteria of the genus Actinomyces, certain species of which are pathogenic.
[< New Latin (1877) = Greek aktino- actino- + mýkēs fungus]
ac•tin`o•my•ce′tal, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.actinomyces - soil-inhabiting saprophytes and disease-producing plant and animal parasitesactinomyces - soil-inhabiting saprophytes and disease-producing plant and animal parasites
eubacteria, eubacterium, true bacteria - a large group of bacteria having rigid cell walls; motile types have flagella
genus Actinomyces - type genus of the family Actinomycetaceae
References in periodicals archive ?
A certain bacterium, Actinomyces bovis, that lives in soft, can cause bony lump jaw.
In 1877, Bollinger and Harz (3) named the genus Actinomyces when they described the etiologic agent of bovine actinomycesis ("lumpy jaw") and called it Actinomyces bovis.