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[fuhng-guh l] /ˈfʌŋ gəl/
1825-35; < New Latin fungālis. See fungus, -al1
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antifungal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fungal
  • So we're going to have to watch out for mold and other fungal diseases.
  • The pruning improves air circulation, lessening the chance of fungal and bacterial mildews and rot.
  • Irrigate gently, keeping the stem or trunk and crown of the plant dry to prevent fungal infections.
  • The genes in question make anti-microbial proteins-and so far, the cells seem to be shielded from some natural fungal predators.
  • They are a pallid, parasitic sort of thing whose fungal relatives infest your feet.
  • It may be a grain of dust, a speck of soot from a forest fire, a fungal spore-or a particle of industrial pollution.
  • The culprit was anthracnose, a fungal disease best known for infecting mangoes.
  • Fortunately, the ants possess a potent defense against this fungal weed that usually prevents its proliferation.
  • They may eventually prove effective against fungal and parasitic infections.
  • Named for a distinctive ring of fungal growth around the muzzle, the disease also infests ears and wings.
British Dictionary definitions for fungal


of, derived from, or caused by a fungus or fungi: fungal spores, a fungal disease
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Word Origin and History for fungal

1835, from Modern Latin fungalis, from fungus (see fungus).

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fungal in Medicine

fungal fun·gal (fŭng'gəl) or fun·gous (-gəs)

  1. Of, relating to, resembling, or characteristic of a fungus.

  2. Caused by a fungus.

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fungal in Science
Plural fungi (fŭn'jī, fŭng'gī)
Any of a wide variety of organisms that reproduce by spores, including the mushrooms, molds, yeasts, and mildews. The spores of most fungi grow a network of slender tubes called hyphae that spread into and feed off of dead organic matter or living organisms. Fungi absorb food by excreting enzymes that break down complex substances into molecules that can be absorbed into the hyphae. The hyphae also produce reproductive structures, such as mushrooms and other growths. Some fungi (called perfect fungi) can reproduce by both sexually produced spores and asexual spores; other fungi (called imperfect fungi or deuteromycetes) are thought to have lost their sexual stage and can only reproduce by asexual spores. Fungi can live in a wide variety of environments, and fungal spores can survive extreme temperatures. Fungi exist in over 100,000 species, nearly all of which live on land. They can be extremely destructive, feeding on almost any kind of material and causing food spoilage and many plant diseases. Although fungi were once grouped with plants, they are now considered a separate kingdom in taxonomy. See Table at taxonomy.

fungal adjective
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