blastomycosis

[blas-toh-mahy-koh-sis]
noun Pathology.
any of several diseases caused by certain yeastlike fungi, especially blastomycetes.

Origin:
1895–1900; < Neo-Latin; see blasto-, mycosis

blastomycotic [blas-toh-mahy-kot-ik] , adjective
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blastomycosis blas·to·my·co·sis (blās'tō-mī-kō'sĭs)
n.
A chronic granulomatous and suppurative disease caused by the dimorphic fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis, originating as a respiratory infection, and usually spreading to the lungs, bones, and skin.

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blastomycosis

infection of the skin and viscera caused by fungal organisms of the genus Blastomyces. There are two major types of blastomycosis: the North American, caused by B. dermatitidis, and the South American, caused by B. brasiliensis. In North American blastomycosis, skin and lung lesions are most common: pulmonary lesions vary in size from granulomatous nodules to confluent, diffuse areas of pus-forming inflammation involving the entire lobe of the lung. In the skin, micro-abscesses lie just beneath the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, and are associated with a granulomatous appearance of the surrounding skin

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Blastomycosis is a rare fungal infection that affects the lungs and the skin.
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