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strep·to·my·ces

 (strĕp′tə-mī′sēz)
n. pl. streptomyces
Any of various actinomycetes of the genus Streptomyces, found chiefly in soil and including several species that produce antibiotics.

[New Latin Streptomycēs, genus name : strepto- + Greek mukēs, fungus.]

streptomyces

(ˌstrɛptəʊˈmaɪsiːz) or

streptomycete

n
(Biology) biology any bacterium which is a member of the genus Streptomyces, which includes some species useful in the production of antibiotics

strep•to•my•ces

(ˌstrɛp təˈmaɪ siz)

n., pl. -ces.
any of several aerobic bacteria of the genus Streptomyces, certain species of which produce antibiotics.
[< New Latin (1943), = strepto- + Greek mýkēs fungus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.streptomyces - aerobic bacteria (some of which produce the antibiotic streptomycin)
actinomycete - any bacteria (some of which are pathogenic for humans and animals) belonging to the order Actinomycetales
genus Streptomyces - type genus of the family Streptomycetaceae
Streptomyces erythreus - source of the antibiotic erythromycin
Streptomyces griseus - source of the antibiotic streptomycin
potato scab bacteria, Streptomyces scabies - cause of a potato disease characterized by brownish corky tissue