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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