Virus vs Fungus - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between virus and fungus

is that virus is virus while fungus is any member of the kingdom fungi; a eukaryotic organism typically having chitin cell walls but no chlorophyll or plastids fungi may be unicellular or multicellular.

virus

English

Noun

(en-noun) (wikipedia virus) (Virus)
  • (archaic) Venom, as produced by a poisonous animal etc.
  • (pathology, microbiology, virology) A submicroscopic, non-cellular structure consisting of a core of DNA or RNA surrounded by a protein coat, that requires a living host cell to replicate, and often causes disease in the host organism.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katie L. Burke
  • , title= In the News , volume=101, issue=3, page=193, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola.}}
  • * 2001 , Leslie Iversen, Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001, p. 64)
  • Viruses are the smallest and most simplified forms of life.
  • A disease caused by these organisms.
  • (computing) A program which can covertly transmit itself between computers via networks (especially the Internet) or removable storage such as CDs, USB drives, floppy disks, etc., often causing damage to systems and data; also computer virus.
  • Usage notes
    Viri is a nonstandard plural and is only used jocularly.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Hyponyms

    * DNA virus * RNA virus

    Derived terms

    * viroid * viral

    See also

    * prion

    fungus

    English

    (wikipedia fungus)

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • Any member of the kingdom Fungi; a eukaryotic organism typically having chitin cell walls but no chlorophyll or plastids. Fungi may be unicellular or multicellular.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Welcome to the plastisphere , passage=Plastics are energy-rich substances, which is why many of them burn so readily. Any organism that could unlock and use that energy would do well in the Anthropocene. Terrestrial bacteria and fungi which can manage this trick are already familiar to experts in the field.}}

    Usage notes

    The plural form (fungi) comes directly from the Latin. See that entry for information about the several English pronunciations in use.

    Synonyms

    * mold, mushroom

    Hyponyms

    * ascomycete, basidiomycete, mushroom, toadstool, yeast

    Derived terms

    * bracket fungus * fungal * fungicidal * fungicide * fungoid * jelly fungus