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 (ăk-tĭn′ō-mī′sēt, ăk′tə-nō-)
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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(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.
ac•tin`o•my•ce′tous, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.actinomycete - any bacteria (some of which are pathogenic for humans and animals) belonging to the order Actinomycetalesactinomycete - 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
Actinomycetales, order Actinomycetales - filamentous or rod-shaped bacteria
streptomyces - aerobic bacteria (some of which produce the antibiotic streptomycin)
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The objective of the present study was to isolate and identify Actinomycete strains with the intent of testing their abilities as a plant growth promoter.
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The search for antibacterial activity was carried out by the method of disc agar [26], where actinomycete isolates were grown on Bennett agar medium for 14 days at 37[degrees]C and agar cylinders (6 mm in diameter) were then taken and deposited on the surface of the Mueller-Hinton agar plates previously seeded with the test microorganism ([10.sup.5]-[10.sup.6] CFU/mL).
According to Hutchings, in addition to the bacteria they grow on their backs, attine ants can recruit additional actinomycete strains from the environment.
in some reports actinomycete is isolated from the skin of an immmuno competent patients with CRP.