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penicillium

[ pen-uh-sil-ee-uhm ]
/ 藢p蓻n 蓹藞s瑟l i 蓹m /
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noun, plural pen路i路cil路li路ums, pen路i路cil路li路a [pen-uh-sil-ee-uh]. /藢p蓻n 蓹藞s瑟l i 蓹/.
any fungus of the genus Penicillium, certain species of which are used in cheesemaking and as the source of penicillin.
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Origin of penicillium

1925鈥30; <New Latin, equivalent to Latin p膿nicill(us) brush (see pencil) + -ium-ium
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British Dictionary definitions for penicillium

penicillium
/ (藢p蓻n瑟藞s瑟l瑟蓹m) /

noun plural -cilliums or -cillia (-藞s瑟l瑟蓹)
any ascomycetous saprotrophic fungus of the genus Penicillium, which commonly grow as a green or blue mould on stale food: some species are used in cheese-making and others as a source of penicillin

Word Origin for penicillium

C19: New Latin, from Latin p膿nicillus tuft of hairs; named from the tufted appearance of the sporangia of this fungus
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Scientific definitions for penicillium

penicillium
[ p臅n鈥材-s沫l膿-蓹m ]

Plural penicilliums penicillia
Any of various bluish-green fungi of the genus Penicillium, that grow as molds on decaying fruits, ripening cheeses, and bread, and are used to produce penicillin and certain other antibiotics.
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