chytridiomycosis

noun
chy·​trid·​i·​o·​my·​co·​sis | \ kī-ˌtri-dē-ō-mī-ˈkō-səs How to pronounce chytridiomycosis (audio) , kə- \

Definition of chytridiomycosis

: a disease of amphibians caused by a chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) that infects the superficial layers of the epidermis resulting in degradation of the skin, disruption of gas exchange with the environment, and eventual death due to cardiac arrest Frogs and salamanders worldwide are dying in catastrophic numbers, very likely of a fungal disorder called chytridiomycosis, which clogs an amphibian's skin and deranges its blood chemistry.— Natalie Angier … the pathophysiology of chytridiomycosis appears to be disruption to the osmoregulatory functioning of the skin and consequent osmotic imbalance that leads to cardiac standstill.— Jamie Voyles et al.

Examples of chytridiomycosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Arizona's frogs and other amphibians are battling a fungal disease called chytridiomycosis, which was first seen in Africa and interferes with the ability of their skin to absorb moisture. Amanda Morris, azcentral, "Coronavirus won't be the last outbreak. Climate change, waning habitat will drive disease," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of chytridiomycosis

1998, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chytridiomycosis

New Latin chytridiomyc- (in Chytridiomycota, phylum name or Chytridiomycetes, class name) + -osis; Chyrtridiomycota probably from Chytridiomycetes, class name proposed earlier (from Chytridium, genus name + -o- -o- + -mycetes, borrowed from Greek mýkētes, plural of mýkēs "mushroom, fungus") + -ota -ota — more at chytrid, myco-

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“Chytridiomycosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chytridiomycosis. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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