Panama disease

noun

: a destructive vascular disease of the banana caused by a fungus (Fusarium oxysporum cubense) and characterized by wilting and yellowing of leaves and death of affected shoots

Word History

Etymology

so called from its first occurrence in banana plantations of Panama

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“Panama disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Panama%20disease. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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