Definition of ascomycete in English:

ascomycete

Line breaks: asco|mycete
Pronunciation: /ˌaskəˈmʌɪsiːt
 
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noun (plural ascomycetes /-ˈmʌɪsiːts, -mʌɪˈsiːtiːz/)

Botany
  • 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
    More 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.

Origin

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

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