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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1876, medical Latin; see myco- + -osis. Related: Mycotic.\n


n. (context pathology English) An infection caused by a fungus.


n. an inflammatory condition caused by a fungus [syn: fungal infection]


Mycosis (plural: mycoses) is a fungal infection of animals, including humans. Mycoses are common and a variety of environmental and physiological conditions can contribute to the development of fungal diseases. Inhalation of fungal spores or localized colonization of the skin may initiate persistent infections; therefore, mycoses often start in the lungs or on the skin.

Fungal infections of the skin was the 4th most common disease in 2010 affecting 984 million people.

Usage examples of "mycosis".

Dentritic mycosis, Tahitian tick feverthey died of a whole suite of diseases, some of them extremely rare.

Morris thought this case corresponded more to mycosis fungoides than any other malady.

Klebsiclla, Bruniere's disease, Dentritic mycosis, Tahitian tick fever—.