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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-tin-oh-mahy-koh-sis, ak-tuh-noh-]
    • /ækˌtɪn oʊ maɪˈkoʊ sɪs, ˌæk tə noʊ-/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-tin-oh-mahy-koh-sis, ak-tuh-noh-]
    • /ækˌtɪn oʊ maɪˈkoʊ sɪs, ˌæk tə noʊ-/

Definitions of actinomycosis word

  • noun actinomycosis a fungal disease of cattle and of cats and dogs, sometimes transmitted to humans esp by bites, characterized by a swelling of the affected part, most often the jaw or lungs 3
  • noun actinomycosis an infection caused by certain actinomycetes, that may result in bony degeneration of the jaws, and abscesses in the lungs, intestines, etc. of humans and other mammals 3
  • noun actinomycosis an infectious, inflammatory disease caused by Actinomyces israelii in humans and A. bovis in domestic animals, and characterized by lumpy, often suppurating tumors, especially, about the jaws. 1
  • noun actinomycosis (pathology) An infectious bacterial disease of cattle and swine, sometimes transmitted to man, characterized by the formation of painful abscesses in the mouth, lungs, or gastrointestinal tract. 1

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Origin of actinomycosis

First appearance:

before 1880
One of the 23% newest English words
First recorded in 1880-85; actinomyc(es) + -osis

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Parts of speech for Actinomycosis


actinomycosis popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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