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A family of fungi (class Zygomycetes) comprising terrestrial, aquatic, and sometimes parasitic organisms; includes the genera Mucor, Absidia, Rhizopus, Rhizomucor, Apophysomyces, and Mortierella. Although the various species of the genera are ordinarily saprobic, free-living forms, some of them cause mucormycosis in humans.
[L. mucor, mold]
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The Mortierellaceae may be differentiated Mucoraceae by virtue of their very delicate features.
(2) The causative organisms are members of the family Mucoraceae, which belongs to the order Mucorales of the class Zygomycetes.
Mucoraceae are found in soil and spoiled foods like moldy bread, but pose a health risk to a person only with a damaged immune system, the body's network of disease-fighting cells and organs.
DISCUSSION: Mucormycosis is a fungal infection caused by a member of the family Mucoraceae. Rhizopus, Mucor, Absidia are the most common isolated from patients with mucormycosis.
The most common causative organisms belong to the families Mucoraceae and Aspergillus.