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  1. any phycomycetous fungus of the genus Mucor, that forms a furry coating on foodstuffs and dead and decaying vegetable matter.
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Origin of mucor

1650–60; < New Latin, Latin: moldiness, equivalent to mūc(ēre) to be moldy or musty + -or -or1
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Examples from the Web for mucor

Historical Examples

  • Species of Mucor, Botrytis, and other fungi, may also be met with.

    Disease in Plants

    H. Marshall Ward

  • Other moulds are sometimes met with, parasitic upon the larger species of Mucor.

  • They were covered with mould, consisting chiefly of a species of Mucor, and one also of Botrytis or Botryosporium.

  • The mash is then cooled down somewhat, diluted with sterilized water and innoculated with the mucor filaments.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson

  • The mucilage surrounding endospores of Mucor, conidia of Empusa, &c., serves to gum the spore to animals.

British Dictionary definitions for mucor


  1. any fungus belonging to the genus Mucor, which comprises many common moulds
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Word Origin

C20: New Latin, from Latin: mould
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mucor in Medicine


  1. A genus of fungi of the family Mucoraceae, several species of which are pathogenic to humans.
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