neurospora

noun
neu·​ros·​po·​ra | \ nu̇-ˈrä-sp(ə-)rə How to pronounce neurospora (audio) , nyu̇- \

Definition of neurospora

: any of a genus (Neurospora of the family Sordariaceae) of ascomycetous fungi which are used extensively in genetic research and have black perithecia and persistent asci and some of which have salmon-pink or orange spore masses and are severe pests in bakeries

First Known Use of neurospora

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neurospora

borrowed from New Latin, genus name, from neuro- neuro- + -spora -spora; probably so called from the striations on the spores

Note: Taxon introduced by the American mycologists Cornelius Lott Shear (1865-1956) and Bernard Ogilvie Dodge (1872-1960) in "Life Histories and Heterothallism of the Red Bread-Mold Fungi of the Monilia sitophila Group," Journal of Agricultural Research, vol. 34, no. 11 (June 1, 1927), pp. 1019-42.

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“Neurospora.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neurospora. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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neurospora

noun
neu·​ros·​po·​ra | \ n(y)u̇-ˈräs-pə-rə How to pronounce neurospora (audio) \

Medical Definition of neurospora

1 capitalized : a genus (family Sphaeriaceae) of ascomycetous fungi which are used extensively in genetic research and have black perithecia and persistent asci and some of which have salmon pink or orange spore masses and are severe pests in bakeries
2 : any ascomycetous fungus of the genus Neurospora

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