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Any of various spore-forming, chiefly filamentous bacteria of the order Actinomycetales that are abundant in soil. Some species produce natural antibiotics, and some are human pathogens.
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(Microbiology) any bacterium of the group Actinomycetes, usually filamentous in form
[C20: from actino- + -mycete]
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ac•tin•o•my•cete(ækˌtɪn oʊˈmaɪ sit, -maɪˈsit, ˌæk tə noʊ-)
any of several rod-shaped or filamentous, aerobic or anaerobic bacteria of the phylum Chlamydobacteriae, or in some classification schemes, the order Actinomycetales, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans and animals.
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|Noun||1.||actinomycete - any bacteria (some of which are pathogenic for humans and animals) belonging to the order Actinomycetales|
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
eubacteria, eubacterium, true bacteria - a large group of bacteria having rigid cell walls; motile types have flagella
streptomyces - aerobic bacteria (some of which produce the antibiotic streptomycin)
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