actinomycete

Definitions of actinomycete
  1. noun
    any bacteria (some of which are pathogenic for humans and animals) belonging to the order Actinomycetales
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    streptomyces
    aerobic bacteria (some of which produce the antibiotic streptomycin)
    Streptomyces erythreus
    source of the antibiotic erythromycin
    Streptomyces griseus
    source of the antibiotic streptomycin
    Streptomyces scabies, potato scab bacteria
    cause of a potato disease characterized by brownish corky tissue
    type of:
    eubacteria, eubacterium, true bacteria
    a large group of bacteria having rigid cell walls; motile types have flagella
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