macroconidium

1. A conidium, or exospore, of large size. 2. In fungi, the larger of two distinctively different-sized types of conidia in a single species, thick- or thin-walled and composed of 2 to 10 cells; characteristic of most dermatophytes and some other genera e.g., Histoplasma, Fusarium. [macro- + Mod. L. dim. fr. G. konis, dust]

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mac·ro·co·nid·i·um -kə-'nid-ē-əm n, pl -ia -ē-ə a large usu. multinucleate conidium of a fungus compare MICROCONIDIUM

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mac·ro·co·nid·i·um (mak″ro-ko-nidґe-əm) pl. macroconidґia [macro- + conidium] a large, frequently multicelled conidium or exospore of a fungus that also produces microconidia; the term is sometimes used interchangeably with macroaleuriospore.

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