Definition of ascomycete in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌaskəˈmʌɪsiːt/

noun (plural ascomycetes /ˌaskəˈmʌɪsiːts/ /ˌaskəmʌɪˈsiːtiːz/)

A fungus whose spores develop within asci (cylindrical sacs). They include most moulds, mildews, and yeasts, the fungal component of most lichens, and a few large forms such as morels and truffles. Compare with basidiomycete.
  • Subdivision Ascomycotina (formerly class Ascomycetes): several classes.
Example sentences
  • Many ascomycete spores are reported to be allergenic.
  • Interestingly, active members of the pogo family are widely dispersed in ascomycetes, whereas no transposing elements have been found in other organisms.
  • Most ascomycetes have only two different mating types, as opposed to certain other fungi, in which many more mating types exist.


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Ascomycetes (former class name), from Greek askos 'sac' + mukētes 'fungi'.

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