chy·​trid·​i·​o·​sis | \ kə̇ˌtridēˈōsə̇s \
variants: or less commonly chytridiose \ ⸗ˈ⸗⸗ˌōs \
plural chytridioses\ ⸗ˌ⸗⸗ˈōˌsēz \

Definition of chytridiosis

: a disease caused by a chytrid

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History and Etymology for chytridiosis

chytridiosis, Latinization of French chytridiose, from Chytridinées, vernacular form of New Latin Chytridina, order name (from Chytridium, genus name + -ina -ina entry 1) + French -ose -osis; chytridiose, borrowed from French

Note: French chytridiose appears to have been introduced by the mycologist Adolphe Prunet (1858-1933) in “Sur une Chytridinée parasite de la Vigne,” Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l’Académie des Sciences, tome 119 (juillet-décembre 1894), p. 574.

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“Chytridiosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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