aspergillus

noun

as·​per·​gil·​lus ˌa-spər-ˈji-ləs How to pronounce aspergillus (audio)
plural aspergilli ˌa-spər-ˈji-ˌlī How to pronounce aspergillus (audio)
: any of a genus (Aspergillus) of ascomycetous fungi with branched radiate sporophores including many common molds

Examples of aspergillus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Officials advise purchasers of products to dispose of these products to avoid exposure to aspergillus. Fernando Cervantes Jr., The Arizona Republic, 25 July 2023 The recall comes as certain marijuana products could have been possibly contaminated with aspergillus. Fernando Cervantes Jr., The Arizona Republic, 25 July 2023 The voluntary recall on June 14 had been implemented out of caution due to the possible presence of contaminants such as aspergillus and salmonella, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Aidan Wohl, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2023 Several marijuana establishments in Arizona have voluntarily recalled specific products due to potential contamination with salmonella and aspergillus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services on Wednesday. Aidan Wohl, The Arizona Republic, 16 June 2023 The hospital closed the operating rooms in May after routine testing detected aspergillus in several ORs and in equipment storage areas. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 4 July 2019 Seattle Children's first became aware of aspergillus last year, according to the Seattle Times. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 4 July 2019 Aspergillus is a fungus whose spores are present in the air, but does not normally cause illness, according to the aspergillus & aspergillosis Website. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 4 July 2019 Rice wine production requires growing the mold aspergillus oryzae (commonly known as koji) onto rice. Wei Tchou, Vogue, 24 Oct. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, genus name, from aspergillum

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aspergillus was in 1751

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“Aspergillus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aspergillus. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

aspergillus

noun
as·​per·​gil·​lus -ˈjil-əs How to pronounce aspergillus (audio)
1
capitalized : a genus of ascomycetous fungi with branched radiate sporophores including many common molds
2
plural aspergilli -ˈjil-ˌī How to pronounce aspergillus (audio) -(ˌ)ē How to pronounce aspergillus (audio) : any fungus of the genus Aspergillus

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