Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Actinomycosis

Disease in humans characterized by systemic soft tissue lesions and drainage sinuses, but that may progress to cartilage and bone. Affects males twice as often as females. Caused by two types of bacillus, Actinomyces israelii and Arachnia propionica. This condition is of interest to osteologists because it leaves its signature on the vertebral column, the coxals, and bones of the hand.

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