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  1. the branch of biology dealing with fungi.
  2. the fungi found in an area.

Origin of mycology

First recorded in 1830–40; myco- + -logy
Related formsmy·co·log·i·cal [mahy-kuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌmaɪ kəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, my·co·log·ic, adjectivemy·co·log·i·cal·ly, adverbmy·col·o·gist, noun
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Historical Examples

  • I had no literature on mycology, and, at that time, there seemed to be little obtainable.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • It seems to me that every school teacher should know something of mycology.

  • I dont have time, you see, and just now Im most interested in mycology, Harmon.

    Left Half Harmon

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Not as a life-work, you understand, but Know anything about mycology?

    Left Half Harmon

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • This suggestion merits place only as a curiosity in the history of the mycology of dysentery.

British Dictionary definitions for mycology


  1. the branch of biology concerned with the study of fungi
  2. the fungi of a particular region
Derived Formsmycological (ˌmaɪkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or mycologic, adjectivemycologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for mycology


1822, from myco- + -logy. Related: Mycological; mycologist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mycology in Medicine


  1. The branch of science dealing with the study of fungi.
Related formsmy′co•logi•cal (-lŏjĭ-kəl) adj.my•colo•gist n.
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mycology in Science


  1. The scientific study of fungi.
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