A general term used to denote a class of microbes including mushrooms, yeasts, and molds.
Fungi, which once were classified as plants, have since been reclassified as immobile organisms that lack chlorophyll. Mycologists (scientists working with fungi) estimate that there are 100,000 species of fungi, ranging from baker's yeast to dermatophytes (fungi that cause ringworm and athlete's foot) to potentially invasive species such as Candida albicans and Aspergillus. As many as 150 of these organisms have now been linked to animal or human diseases.
a class of organisms that includes yeasts, molds and
mushrooms, several of which can cause disease (mycosis) in humans (e.g.,
candidiasis, cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis).
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