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a combining form meaning “mushrooms, fungi,” used in the formation of taxonomic names of fungi, especially classes: Myxomycetes.
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Origin of -mycetes

<New Latin <Greek mykétes, plural of mýkēs mushroom + -ism
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What does -mycetes mean?

The combining form -mycetes is used like a suffix meaning “mushrooms, fungi.” It is occasionally used in the scientific names for classes of fungi in taxonomy.

The form -mycetes comes from Greek mykétes, the plural of mykēs, meaning “mushroom.” Other combining forms meaning “fungus” that come from this same Greek root are myco- and myc-.

What are variants of -mycetes?

When indicating a singular, -mycetes becomes -mycete, as in myxomycete. A similar combining form used like a prefix is myceto-. Want to learn more? Check out our Words That Use entries for both -mycete and myceto-.

Examples of -mycetes

One example of a scientific term that features the form -mycetes is Zygomycetes, “a subclass of fungi characterized by sexual reproduction resulting in the formation of a large spore formed by union of similar gametes.”

The form zygo- literally means “yoked” and is used to indicate a pair or a union. The -mycetes portion of the word means “fungi,” and Zygomycetes therefore literally translates to “yoked (paired) fungi.”

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The combining form phyco- means “algae.” With this in mind, what do the fungi known as Phycomycetes resemble?

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