my·​col·​o·​gy | \ mī-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce mycology (audio) \

Definition of mycology

1 : a branch of biology dealing with fungi
2 : fungal life

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Other Words from mycology

mycological \ ˌmī-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce mycology (audio) \ adjective
mycologically \ ˌmī-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mycology (audio) \ adverb
mycologist \ mī-​ˈkä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce mycology (audio) \ noun

Examples of mycology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 20th century, a new scientific understanding of fungi gave rise to a high-yield industry, but mycology and mushroom cultivation remained an obscure niche. Joanna Steinhardt, Wired, "Hackers, Mason Jars, and the Psychedelic Science of DIY Shrooms," 12 Feb. 2021 For most of its history, mycology has been overlooked and understudied, relegated to the shadows of botany and microbiology. Joanna Steinhardt, Wired, "Hackers, Mason Jars, and the Psychedelic Science of DIY Shrooms," 12 Feb. 2021 The sudden interest in at-home mycology, specifically, seems to have a particular resonance with our times. New York Times, "The Mushrooms Will Survive Us," 7 Feb. 2021 Lovett and his co-author, Matthew Kasson, an associate professor of plant pathology and mycology, first discovered the psychoactive compounds in cicadas infected with Massospora last year. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, ""Zombie cicadas" infected with mind-controlling fungus return to West Virginia," 31 July 2020 At a medical mycology meeting here earlier this month, scientists presented promising phase II clinical data for rezafungin, a new member of an existing class called the echinocandins developed by Cidara Therapeutics in San Diego. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Four new drugs may help fight the growing threat of fatal fungi," 22 Oct. 2019 There are other resources available locally, like the mycology department at the UW currently under the leadership of Dr. Joe Ammirati. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "‘Just the thought of it made my heart speed up a little’: The best comments this week on," 31 May 2019 Pierre-Marie-Alexis Millardet, born on this day in 1838, devoted a large chunk of his life to mycology–the study of fungus. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "How One Mycologist Saved France’s Wine (Among Other Things)," 13 Dec. 2017 Pieces from Joynoëlle’s 2017 collection, Fungi: Beauty from Decay, explores the world of mycology and nature’s ability to create new life from decomposition. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Spring fashion: Are you ready, Minnesota??," 12 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of mycology

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mycology

borrowed from New Latin mycologia, from myco- myco- + -logia -logy

Note: New Latin mycologia was popularized, if not introduced, in the title of a description of European fungi by the South African-born mycologist Christiaan Hendrik Persoon (Mycologia Europaea, Erlangen, 1822-28).

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“Mycology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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my·​col·​o·​gy | \ mī-ˈkäl-ə-jē How to pronounce mycology (audio) \
plural mycologies

Medical Definition of mycology

1 : a branch of biology dealing with fungi
2 : fungal life

Other Words from mycology

mycological \ ˌmī-​kə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce mycology (audio) \ adjective
mycologist \ mī-​ˈkäl-​ə-​jəst How to pronounce mycology (audio) \ noun

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