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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.]
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(Plants) any filamentous fungus of the genus Fusarium, some of which produce toxins which are harmful to plants, animals and humans
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fu•sar•i•um(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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