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Definition of Actinomycetes

Actinomycetes: A group of gram-positive bacteria (order Actinomycetales) that produce various bioactive agents including antibiotics, enzymes, and vitamins. Streptomyces belong to this bacterial order.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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