fungal

adjective
fun·​gal | \ ˈfəŋ-gəl How to pronounce fungal (audio) \

Definition of fungal

1 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of fungi
2 : caused by a fungus a fungal skin disease

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Unfortunately, many kinds of boxwoods are susceptible to an incurable fungal disease called boxwood blight. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "20 Best Boxwood Shrubs to Plant in Your Garden," 14 Feb. 2019 And often, the microscopic fungal spores are too tiny and few to be seen with the naked eye at all. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Snot Can Tell You About Your Health," 26 Dec. 2018 The scientists randomly infected 10 percent of a colony’s foragers with the spores of a fungal ant pathogen, Metarhizium brunneum. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Sick ants stay away from the kids," 26 Nov. 2018 An anti-fungal targets the yeast and also acts as an anti-inflammatory, says Dr. Shah. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "5 Dandruff Treatments That Actually Work, According to Dermatologists," 13 Dec. 2018 Claudia Sulewski Shah says the large, scaly flakes from the videos could also be pityriasis amiantacea, which is a severe form of seborrheic dermatitis that is a result of psoriasis, eczema, or even a fungal infection. Jessica Cruel, Teen Vogue, "Dandruff Scraping Videos Might Be the New Pimple Popping Videos," 23 July 2018 Shah says the large, scaly flakes from the videos could also be pityriasis amiantacea, which is a severe form of seborrheic dermatitis that is a result of psoriasis, eczema, or even a fungal infection. Jessica Cruel, Allure, "Dandruff Scraping Videos (aka the New Pimple-Popping Clips) Are Going Viral on YouTube," 20 July 2018 While growers argue that the standards are too strict, costly, and inconsistent, some testing experts say the standards don’t go far enough to adequately catch fungal contamination that would otherwise be found in routine drug and food testing. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Calif. safety tests pass moldy marijuana but fail ~20% of products overall," 11 Sep. 2018 Federal scrutiny intensified after pain drugs mixed by New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., led to an outbreak of fungal meningitis in 2012 that killed at least 64 people. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "Cheap Custom-Made Versions of High-Cost Drugs Spur Backlash," 9 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of fungal

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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fungal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fungal

: of, relating to, or caused by a fungus

fungal

adjective
fun·​gal | \ ˈfəŋ-gəl How to pronounce fungal (audio) \
variants: or fungous \ -​gəs \

Kids Definition of fungal

: of, relating to, or caused by a fungus a fungal infection

fungal

adjective
fun·​gal | \ ˈfəŋ-gəl How to pronounce fungal (audio) \

Medical Definition of fungal

1 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of fungi
2 : caused by a fungus fungal infections

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