WORDS THAT USE -MYCETE
What does -mycete mean?
The combining form -mycete is used like a suffix meaning “mushroom, fungus.” It is occasionally used in the scientific names for classes of fungi in taxonomy.
The form -mycete comes from Greek mykétes, the plural of mykēs, meaning “mushroom.” Other combining forms meaning “fungus” that come from this same Greek root are myco- and myc-.
What are variants of -mycete?
The form -mycete is the singular form of -mycetes, as in Zygomycetes. A similar combining form used like a prefix is myceto-. Want to learn more? Check out our Words That Use entries for both -mycetes and myceto-.
Examples of -mycete
A term from mycology (the branch of biology dealing with fungi) that features the form -mycete is saccharomycete, “a single-celled yeast of the family Saccharomycetaceae.”
The form saccharo- means “sugar.” And, as we have seen, -mycete means “fungus.” Saccharomycete literally translates to “sugar fungus.” Find out more about where this scientific name comes from at our entry for yeast.
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The combining form phyco- means “algae.” With this in mind, what do the fungi known as Phycomycetes resemble?