chy·​trid | \ ˈkī-trəd How to pronounce chytrid (audio) , ˈki- \
variants: or chytrid fungus

Definition of chytrid

: any simple, microscopic, aquatic fungus (phylum Chytridiomycota) that does not typically form mycelium, that bears motile spores with a single posterior flagellum, and that is either saprophytic on decaying organic matter or parasitic especially on algae, higher plants, and the skin of amphibians (as in chytridiomycosis)

Examples of chytrid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And vice versa: species that didn’t appear in the after-chytrid surveys may not have disappeared from the region. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Tropical Snakes Suffer as a Fungus Kills the Frogs They Prey On," 14 Feb. 2020 Hundreds of species of frogs and toads are suffering population declines and extinctions because of the chytrid fungus disease, which is sometimes spread into new areas by humans. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "The sixth mass extinction is happening faster than expected. Scientists say it's our fault," 1 June 2020 Previous research by Lips and others found that chytrid reduced amphibian abundance by 75 percent in the area, and led to the extirpation of at least 30 species. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 13 Feb. 2020 The raw data alone was enough to suggest that chytrid was indirectly harming the snakes. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 13 Feb. 2020 In labs, the bacteria led to the production of a chemical called violacein that killed the chytrid and boosted toad survival by 40 percent, CU scientists said. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Battle to save Colorado high-country toads goes microbial with ground-breaking Purple Rain treatment," 13 July 2019 In March, a study published in the journal Science found that 501 species of frogs and salamanders had been driven toward extinction by killer fungi known as chytrid. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Half of all amphibian species at risk of extinction," 8 May 2019 But stopping chytrid is a tall order—especially since there are deadly species other than Bd. Matthew Fisher, National Geographic, "Ground Zero of Amphibian 'Apocalypse' Finally Found," 10 May 2018 The dreaded chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis horrifies even the most sober-minded scientists. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Some Frogs May Be Developing a Resistance to the Disastrous Chytrid Fungus," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chytrid

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chytrid

probably taken as singular of German Chytriden, variant of Chytridien, plural of Chytridium, a fungus genus, borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek chytrídion "small pot, cup" (alluding to the pot-like sporangium), diminutive of chýtra "earthenware pot," from chy- (zero-grade stem of chéō, cheîn "to pour," going back to Indo-European *ǵheu̯-) + -trā, suffix of instruments — more at found entry 5

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“Chytrid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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