• WordNet 3.6
    • n actinomyces soil-inhabiting saprophytes and disease-producing plant and animal parasites
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n actinomyces The ray-fungus: so called from the rosettes of club-shaped structures in which it presents itself. The disease actinomycosis is caused by the presence of this fungus.
    • n actinomyces [capitalized] [NL. (Harz, 1877).] A genus of fungi of doubtful relationship. The type is A. bovis, the ray-fungus. See actinomyces, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Actinomyces ak-ti-no-mī′sez the tiny ray-fungus
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. aktis, aktinos, ray, and myces, mushroom.


In literature:

The actinomyces gain access to the bone through a carious tooth or through the gum.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
The tumors and abscesses wherever they may be are all found to be the same in origin by the presence of the actinomyces fungus.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Actinomyces, visits in, 183.
"Essays In Pastoral Medicine" by Austin ÓMalley