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De·mat·i·a·ce·ae(dē-mat'i-ā'sē-ē), Avoid the misspelling/mispronunciation Dermatiaceae.
A family of soil-inhabiting, brown or black melanin-producing fungi found in decaying vegetables, rotting wood, and forest carpets, and including several of the dark-colored genera that cause chromoblastomycosis in humans, such as Exophiala, Phialophora, Fonsecaea, and Cladosporium.
A family of fungi that contain melanin in their cell walls and have a dark color. They occasionally infect humans, esp. those who are immunocompromised.Synonym: dematiaceous fungus