One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chronic inflammation of the tissues caused by infection with a fungus or with certain bacteria.
- ‘A special interest was fungal diseases, and in Sudan he did original work on mycetoma.’
- ‘It is frequently helpful to evaluate the lung apices for the presence of infection and especially mycetoma.’
- ‘It is a low-virulence fungus that is the main causative agent of posttraumatic mycetoma in a nonimmunocompromised host.’
- ‘Additional clinical data demonstrated that patients with invasive fungal infections caused by fusarium, agents of chromoblastomycosis and mycetoma, and coccidioides were successfully treated with the drug.’
Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek mukēs, mukēt- ‘fungus’ + -oma.
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