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A genus of Gram-positive, facultatively anaerobic bacteria with rod-shaped and branching filamentous forms, which form part of the normal mucosal flora in mammals but may cause opportunistic infections. Also (in form actinomyces): a bacterium of this genus (also called ray fungus).
Late 19th century. From scientific Latin Actinomyces, genus name from classical Latin actīno- + scientific Latin myces.
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