The science of fungi and yeasts is mycology. If you're fascinated with mushrooms, you might decide to study mycology and learn more about them.

Mycology is a branch of biology, and scientists who specialize in this area are mycologists. Some focus on mushrooms, researching their use as food and medicine as well as the potential danger of their toxins. Others study yeasts that are useful in the dairy, winemaking, brewing, and baking industries. It's thanks to mycology (and fungi) that life-saving medicines including penicillin and statins were discovered. Mycology has a Greek root, mykēs, or "mushroom."

Definitions of mycology
  1. noun
    the branch of botany that studies fungi and fungus-caused diseases
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    type of:
    botany, phytology
    the branch of biology that studies plants
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