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Pronunciation: as′kō-mī-sē′tēz

Definition: A class of fungi characterized by the presence of asci and ascospores. Such fungi generally have two distinct reproductive phases: the sexual or perfect stage and the asexual or imperfect stage. Ajellomyces capsulatum and A. dermatitidis are pathogenic members of this class.

[G. askos, a bag, + mykēs, mushroom]

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