torula

noun
tor·​u·​la | \ ˈtȯr-yə-lə How to pronounce torula (audio) , ˈtär-, -ə-lə \
plural torulae\ ˈtȯr-​(y)ə-​ˌlē How to pronounce torula (audio) , ˈtär-​ , -​ˌlī \ also torulas

Definition of torula

: any of various fungi (genus Torula) and especially yeasts that lack sexual spores, do not produce alcoholic fermentations, and are typically acid formers

called also torula yeast

First Known Use of torula

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for torula

New Latin, from Latin torus protuberance

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“Torula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/torula. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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torula

noun
tor·​u·​la | \ ˈtȯr-yə-lə How to pronounce torula (audio) , ˈtär- How to pronounce torula (audio) \

Medical Definition of torula

1 plural torulae\ -​ˌlē How to pronounce torula (audio) , -​ˌlī How to pronounce torula (audio) \ also torulas
a : any of various yeasts or fungi resembling yeasts that lack sexual spores, do not produce alcoholic fermentations, and are typically acid formers
2 capitalized
a : a genus of usually dark colored chiefly saprophytic imperfect fungi (family Dematiaceae)
b in some classifications : a genus of yeasts including pathogens (as T. histolytica synonym Cryptococcus neoformans that causes cryptococcosis) usually placed in the genus Cryptococcus

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