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penicillium

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noun pen·i·cil·li·um \-ˈsi-lē-əm\

Definition of penicillium

plural penicilliaplay \-lē-ə\

  1. :  any of a genus (Penicillium) of fungi (as a blue mold) that are found chiefly on moist nonliving organic matter (as decaying fruit) and have been grouped with the imperfect fungi but are now often placed with the ascomycetes



Origin of penicillium

New Latin, from Latin penicillus


First Known Use: 1867

Rhymes with penicillium


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penicillium

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noun pen·i·cil·li·um \ˌpen-ə-ˈsil-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of penicillium

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of fungi (as the blue molds) that have been grouped with the imperfect fungi but are now often placed with the ascomycetes and that are found chiefly on moist nonliving organic matter (as decaying fruit), are characterized by the erect branching conidiophores ending in tufts of club-shaped cells from which conidia are formed in chains, and include molds useful in economic fermentation and the production of antibiotics

  2. 2plural penicillia \-ē-ə\play :  any mold of the genus Penicillium




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