fun·gal | \ˈfəŋ-gəl \

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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It is estimated that some 5 percent of tattoos result in an infection, usually bacterial, but viral and fungal infections are also possible. Judy Schaechter, M.d., miamiherald, "Body art to be even more popular in future as kids emulate their tattooed parents," 29 May 2018 The second way is through source control: figuring out if there is a specific bacterial or fungal site of infection, and then using antibiotics/antifungals to try to clear it out. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "George H.W. Bush has sepsis. Here's what that means.," 24 Apr. 2018 Foliar and fruit diseases are also most often fungal and symptoms vary from small, discrete spots to large sunken rings and even gray foliar fuzz that progresses to black patches. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Tomato — the 'luscious beauty' of the garden and how to fight diseases," 8 June 2018 The Panama disease, a type of fungal infection that invades soil, is currently spreading throughout Africa and Asia. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Bananas on the brink? Fruit faces extinction risk," 6 July 2018 The list of pathogens carried by bees includes fungal infections and wing-deforming viruses, many of which get moved around with international trade. Thor Hanson, WSJ, "The Plight of the Humble Bee," 29 June 2018 This can also be a side effect for some anti-inflammatories (pain killers), antihistamines (allergy medications), antibiotics, diuretics, as well as some drugs taken for acne, fungal infections, heart problems, and diabetes. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meds leave mentally ill vulnerable during rising temps, so take care with the Milwaukee-area heat wave," 29 June 2018 Since the 1960s, the species has been decimated by fires, mudslides, pesticides, fungal infections, loss of habitat and the appetites of nonnative trout, bullfrogs and crayfish. Louis Sahagun,, "Born in a zoo, released into the San Gabriels, a rare Los Angeles frog bounces back," 27 June 2018 Only weeks into his leukemia treatment, Rhett developed a rare fungal infection with a survival rate of less than one percent. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Family of leukemia survivor raises money for cure," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of fungal

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fungal

: of, relating to, or caused by a fungus


fun·gal | \ˈfəŋ-gəl \
variants: or fungous \-gəs \

Kids Definition of fungal

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


fun·gal | \ˈfəŋ-gəl \

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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