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rhizopus

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noun rhi·zo·pus \ˈrī-zə-pəs, -ˌpu̇s\

Definition of rhizopus

  1. :  any of a genus (Rhizopus) of mold fungi including some economically valuable forms and some plant or animal pathogens (as a bread mold)



Origin of rhizopus

New Latin, from rhiz- + Greek pous foot — more at foot


First Known Use: 1887


Medical Dictionary

rhizopus

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noun rhi·zo·pus \ˈrī-zə-pəs\

Medical Definition of rhizopus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of fungi of the family Mucoraceae that have columellate hemispherical aerial sporangia formed in fascicles anchored to the substrate and tufts of rhizoids or root hyphae connected by stolons and that include a common bread mold (R. nigricans) and several forms found in phycomycoses of some mammals including humans

  2. 2:  any fungus of the genus Rhizopus




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