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n. pl. fu·sar·i·a (-ē-ə)
Any of various pathogenic fungi of the genus Fusarium, chiefly inhabiting temperate climates and infecting both plants and animals. In humans, infection may cause inflammation of the cornea and external ear.

[New Latin Fūsārium, genus name (coined by German naturalist Johann Heinrich Friedrich Link (1767-1851) in reference to the typical spindle shape of its conidia) : Latin fūsus, spindle (of unknown origin) + Latin -ārium, neuter of -ārius, adjective suffix.]


(Plants) any filamentous fungus of the genus Fusarium, some of which produce toxins which are harmful to plants, animals and humans


(fyuˈzɛər i əm)

n., pl. -sar•i•a (-ˈzɛər i ə)
any fungus of the genus Fusarium, occurring primarily in temperate regions and causing wilt in plants and a variety of diseases in animals.
[< New Latin (1832) = Latin fūs(us) spindle + -ārium -ary]
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Fusarium infections in burns patients: a case report and review of the literature.
Although this method is currently the mostly widely used to control Fusarium infections, it is not a long-term solution to the prevalence of diseases in crops due to expense, concerns on risks of exposure, residual effects, toxicity to non-target organisms and other health and environmental hazards.
Preliminary evidence indicated that there were 2 separate, concurrent outbreaks associated with 2 Franck's products: Fusarium infections associated with BBG and Bipolaris infections associated with triamcinolone.
Those six reports of noninfectious keratitis--or general eye inflammation--among contact lens wearers were not related to fusarium infections and did not require medical treatment, according to the company.
Fusarium infections are difficult to treat and often refractory to established antifungal agents.
While it's been difficult to identify steps to specifically prevent fusarium infections, basic contact lens hygiene will keep other, more common corneal infections at bay.
It is not known, however, if any symptomless seeds harbored Fusarium infections.