Meaning of actinomycete

ac•tin•o•my•cete

Pronunciation: (ak-tin"ō-mī'sēt, -mī-sēt', ak"tu-nō-), [key]
— n. Bacteriol.
  1. any of several rod-shaped or filamentous, aerobic or anaerobic bacteria of the phylum Chlamydobacteriae, or in some classification schemes, the order Actinomycetales, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans and animals.
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