mycology

noun

my·​col·​o·​gy mī-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce mycology (audio)
1
: a branch of biology dealing with fungi
2
: fungal life
mycological adjective
mycologically adverb
mycologist noun

Examples of mycology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hospitality is taking note, with luxe accommodations offering excursions that teach travelers about foraging and the magical world of mycology. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 24 July 2023 Although this is an expert’s account, grounded in exhaustive interviews with researchers at the forefront of mycology, the language is clear and plain. Jennifer Latner, BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2023 The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' OutWiGo Green event on May 13 in the Kettle Moraine State Forest's Southern Unit will feature more than 150 exhibitors and organizations offering demonstrations, clinics and talks on every imaginable outdoor activity from mountain biking to mycology. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2023 Recently, in The Lancet, an international group of physicians and medical mycology societies laid out recommendations for diagnosing Aspergillus infections in COVID-19 patients, including doing lung imaging scans and taking samples from the lungs at regular interval for testing. Nathaniel Scharping, Science | AAAS, 22 Mar. 2021 Mushrooms and humans share distinct characteristics Mushrooms are more closely related to animals than plants, said Matt Kasson, an associate professor of mycology at West Virginia University. Eleanor McCrary, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2023 It’s packaged with confident wit and vivid, sensory prose (check out that lede), and Rogers finds space to take in a brief history of distillation and a look at the dying art of mycology. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 24 Dec. 2011 Matt Kasson is an associate professor of mycology and plant pathology at West Virginia University. Matt Kasson, CBS News, 10 Oct. 2022 Ibu Ratna, professor of mycology (the study of fungi) at the University of Indonesia, sees her lunch interrupted by military personnel. Randall Colburn, EW.com, 23 Jan. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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).

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mycology was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Mycology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mycology. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

mycology

noun
my·​col·​o·​gy mī-ˈkäl-ə-jē How to pronounce mycology (audio)
1
: a branch of biology dealing with fungi
2
: fungal life

Medical Definition

mycology

noun
my·​col·​o·​gy mī-ˈkäl-ə-jē How to pronounce mycology (audio)
plural mycologies
1
: a branch of biology dealing with fungi
2
: fungal life
mycological adjective
mycologist noun

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