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

Examples of fungal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The theme of the most recent edition was mycelium, the fuzz of fungal threads through which plants purportedly communicate. Sheila Yasmin Marikar, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 The main saga of The Last of Us, much like the game, begins 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed by a fungal plague. Nick Romano, EW.com, 14 Jan. 2022 Over time, some of those bacteria developed an ability to outsmart their fungal rivals and thrive on their hedgehog hosts, the study showed. New York Times, 5 Jan. 2022 In addition, most of its strains have proven resistant to at least one anti-fungal drug. Connor Radnovich, USA TODAY, 30 Dec. 2021 Typical causes of fungal meningitis include cryptococcus neoformans, which is the most common fungus to cause illness, and is found naturally in the environment. Sarah Lemire, Health.com, 10 Dec. 2021 Colombian biologist Paula Andrea Gomez-Zapata is searching for an ecofriendly alternative to chemicals to protect crops like coffee from devastating fungal infections: other fungi that infect those parasites. Andrew Wight, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 Psoriasis and fungal infections such as ringworm, both of which can cause itchy, scaly patches on the body, can also be mistaken for atopic dermatitis. Jessie Van Amburg, Health.com, 2 Dec. 2021 Other common fungal infections, such as athlete's foot caused by ringworm and coccidioidomycosis lung infections, also occur in parts of the body where lettuce has no presence. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of fungal

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2022

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“Fungal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fungal. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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