Nomenclature of fungal diseases: A report and recommendations from a sub-committee of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM)

F. C. Odds, T. Arai, A. F. Disalvo, E. G V Evans, R. J. Hay, H. S. Randhawa, M. G. Rinaldi, T. J. Walsh

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Abstract

The ISHAM Mycoses Nomenclature Committee has considered the present status of fungal disease names. It suggests that the traditional approach to mycoses nomenclature in which the name of a causative taxon is suffixed with '-asis', '-iasis', '-osis' or '-mycosis' leads to names that are frequently unstable with respect to subsequent taxonomic and clinico-epidemiological changes. It is therefore recommended that individual mycoses should be named as often as possible in the form 'pathology A due to/caused by fungus X' or '[adjectival] fungus X pathology A' in preference to construction of names based solely on fungal taxa. A list of recommended mycosis names retained for their long tradition or intrinsic convenience is provided, together with a combined index and list of rejected names.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Medical and Veterinary Mycology
Volume30
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Odds, F. C., Arai, T., Disalvo, A. F., Evans, E. G. V., Hay, R. J., Randhawa, H. S., Rinaldi, M. G., & Walsh, T. J. (1992). Nomenclature of fungal diseases: A report and recommendations from a sub-committee of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM). Journal of Medical and Veterinary Mycology, 30(1), 1-10.