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zygomycete

[ zahy-guh-mahy-seet, -mahy-seet, zig-uh- ]
/ ˌzaɪ gəˈmaɪ sit, -maɪˈsit, ˌzɪg ə- /
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noun Mycology.

any of a wide variety of common fungi constituting the phylum Zygomycota of the kingdom Fungi (or the class Zygomycetes of the kingdom Plantae), in which sexual reproduction is by the formation of zygospores.

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Origin of zygomycete

<New Latin Zygomycetes (1874), variant name of the class; see zygo-, -mycete
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British Dictionary definitions for zygomycete

zygomycete
/ (ˌzaɪɡəʊˈmaɪsiːt) /

noun

any filamentous fungus of the phylum Zygomycota (or Zygomycetes), which reproduces sexually by means of zygospores, including the bread mould

Derived forms of zygomycete

zygomycetous, adjective
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Scientific definitions for zygomycete

zygomycete
[ zī′gə-mīsēt′, zĭg′ə- ]

Any of various fungi belonging to the phylum Zygomycota, characterized by the absence of cross walls (called septa) in all of their hyphae except reproductive hyphae. The absence of septa allows cytoplasm to stream along the hyphae, and most species produce abundant, fast-growing hyphae. Many species of zygomycetes live on decaying plant and animal matter in soil, though some are parasites on plants, insects, and certain soil animals, and a few cause disease in domestic animals and humans. Zygomycetes reproduce both by producing asexual haploid spores in conidia at the end of their hyphae and by producing sexual haploid spores by meiosis after hyphae of different mating types conjugate and their nuclei fuse.
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