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dimorphic fungi

Tuesday 10 January 2012

Definition: Thermally dimorphic fungi are fungi which can exist as mold / hyphal / filamentous form or as yeast.

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- Dimorphic fungi

An example is Penicillium marneffei: at room temperature, it grows as a mold; at body temperature, it grows as a yeast.

Several species are potential pathogens, including:

- Coccidioides immitis
- Paracoccidioides brasiliensis
- Candida albicans
- Ustilago maydis
- Blastomyces dermatitidis
- Histoplasma capsulatum
- Sporothrix schenckii

See also

- yeasts
- fungal infections

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