Any of various fungi that reproduce only asexually, by means of conidia, or whose sexual stage has not yet been discovered. The deuteromycetes are no longer recognized as a valid taxonomic group. Also called imperfect fungus.
[deutero- (from that fact that the deuteromycetes were originally considered an inferior or secondary group because they do not reproduce sexually) + -mycete.]
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deu•ter•o•my•cete(ˌdu tə roʊˈmaɪ sit, -maɪˈsit, ˌdyu-)
any fungus of the group Fungi Imperfecti.
[< New Latin Deuteromycetes]
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