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Related to actinomyces: Actinomycetes, actinomycosis, Actinomyces bovis, Actinomyces israelii, Nocardia
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.]
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a genus of bacteria that causes disease in humans and improves soil ecology
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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]
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|Noun||1.||actinomyces - 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
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