Meaning of verticillium wilt

ver•ti•cil'li•um wilt"

Pronunciation: (vûr"tu-sil'ē-um), [key]
— Plant Pathol. Plant Pathol.
  1. a disease affecting many temperate-climate plants in hot weather, caused by soil-inhabiting fungi of the genus Verticillium and characterized by wilt, dulling or yellowing of leaf color, and withering near the base.
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