Definition of Actinomyces in English:

Actinomyces

noun

Microbiology
  • 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).

Origin

Late 19th century. From scientific Latin Actinomyces, genus name from classical Latin actīno- + scientific Latin myces.

Pronunciation:

Actinomyces

/ˌaktɪnə(ʊ)ˈmʌɪsiːz/