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Fungi Imperfecti

[im-per-fek-tahy] /ˌɪm pərˈfɛk taɪ/
noun
1.
a class of fungi for which a sexually reproductive stage of the life cycle has not been found.
Origin
< Neo-Latin: literally, imperfect fungi
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Fungi Imperfecti in Medicine

Fungi Imperfecti Fungi Im·per·fec·ti (ĭm'pər-fěk'tī)
n.
A phylum of fungi that are without a sexual stage in their life cycle, reproducing only by asexual spores. Also called Deuteromycetes.

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deuteromycetes

fungi (kingdom Fungi) in which a true sexual state is uncommon or unknown. Many of these fungi reproduce asexually by spores (conidia or oidia) or by budding. Conidial stages are similar to those in the phylum Ascomycota, but those of some species show affinities to lower (primitive) fungi and the phylum Basidiomycota. Because of this ambiguity, the term deuteromycetes is used only to describe some species of fungi and has very little importance in the classification of fungi.

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