actinomyces definition

  • noun:
    • some of numerous filamentous, mainly anaerobic microorganisms of genus Actinomyces, which includes the causative agents of actinomycosis.
    • The ray-fungus: so named from the rosettes of club-shaped frameworks where it comes up. The disease actinomycosis is caused by the presence of this fungus.
    • [capitalized] [NL. (Harz, 1877).] A genus of fungi of doubtful commitment. The type is A. bovis, the ray-fungus. See actinomyces, 1.
    • soil-inhabiting saprophytes and disease-producing plant and animal parasites

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