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streptomycete Syllabification: strep·to·my·cete
Pronunciation: /ˌstreptəˈmīsēt/

Definition of streptomycete in English:


A bacterium that occurs chiefly in soil as aerobic saprophytes resembling molds, several of which are important sources of antibiotics.
  • Streptomyces and related genera, order Actinomycetales; Gram-positive filaments forming chains of spores
Example sentences
  • In nature, tetracycline is produced by streptomycetes, moldlike bacteria commonly found in soils.
  • The number of genes encoding Nudix hydrolases varies widely, from zero in most Mycoplasma species to around 30 in streptomycetes.
  • This applies not only for molecules with an antibiotic activity like in the case of streptomycetes but also for compounds that may play a role in cell processes like signaling and communication.


1950s: anglicized singular of modern Latin Streptomyces, from strepto- 'twisted' + Greek mukēs, mukēt- 'fungus'.

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