Definition of actinomycete in English:


Syllabification: ac·tin·o·my·cete
Pronunciation: /ˌaktənōˈmīˌsēt, -mīˈsēt


  • A bacterium of an order of typically nonmotile filamentous form. They include the economically important streptomycetes, and were formerly regarded as fungi.
    • Order Actinomycetales; Gram-positive
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    • In the composting process, the tissues of carcasses are broken down aerobically by bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes, and protozoa to produce water vapor, carbon dioxide, heat, and a stabilized organic residue.
    • Many antibiotics come from bacteria, actinomycetes, and fungi.
    • Actinomycosis is a chronic infection caused by various bacteria called actinomycetes.


1920s (originally only in the plural): modern Latin, from Greek aktis, aktin- 'ray' + mukētes, plural of mukēs 'fungus'.

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