1. fungus


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Word History and Origins

Origin of myceto-1

from Greek mukēs fungus


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Words That Use myceto-

What does myceto- mean?

Myceto- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “fungus.” It is very occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in mycology, the branch of biology deadline with fungi.

Myceto- comes from Greek mýkēs, meaning “fungus.” Other combining forms meaning “fungus” that come from this same Greek root are myco- and myc-.

What are variants of myceto-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, myceto- becomes mycet-, as in mycetoma. Similar combining forms used like suffixes include -mycete and -mycetes. Want to learn more? Check out our Words That Use entries for both -mycete and -mycetes.

Examples of myceto-

An example of a scientific term that features the form myceto- is mycetophagous, meaning “feeding on fungi.”

While myceto- means “fungus,” -phagous means “feeding on,” from Greek -phagos. Mycetophagous literally translates to “feeding on fungus.”

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The combining form -oma is used to name tumors. With this in mind, what is the medical condition mycetoma in everyday terms?