chytridiomycosis

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noun chy·trid·i·o·my·co·sis \kī-ˌtri-dē-ō-mī-ˈkō-səs, kə-\

Definition of chytridiomycosis

  1. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of chytridiomycosis

New Latin chytridiomyc- (in Chytridiomycota, phylum name or Chytridiomycetes, class name) + -osis


First Known Use: 1998


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