What is mold?

  • (verb): Make something, usually for a specific function.
    Synonyms: shape, form, work, mould, forge
    See also — Additional definitions below

Mold

The colloquial term mold (or mould; see spelling differences) is applied to a large and taxonomically diverse number of fungal species where their growth results in a moldy appearance of objects, especially food. The objects become discolored by a layer of fungal growth. Molds are fungi that grow in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. A connected network of these tubular branching hyphae, called a mycelium, is considered a single organism. The hyphae are generally transparent, so the mycelium appears like very fine, fluffy white threads over the surface. Cross-walls (septa) may delimit connected compartments along the hyphae, each containing one or multiple, genetically identical nuclei. The dusty texture of many molds is caused by profuse numbers of asexual spores conidia formed by differentiation at the ends of hyphae. The mode of formation and shape of these spores is traditionally used to classify the mold fungi. Many of these spores are colored, making the fungus much more obvious to the human eye at this stage in its life-cycle. In contrast, fungi that can adopt a single celled growth habit are called yeasts.

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Mold Prevention - Environmental Control
... These built in ventilation systems help to combat mold growth that occurs as a result of high relative humidity levels and temperature, as well poor air circulation ... Proper use and monitoring of HVAC systems can help to prevent mold problems before they occur ... Air ventilation removes existing mold spores from the air and keeps the atmosphere relatively dry and cool ...
Ceramic Mold Casting - Unicast Process
... The Unicast process is very similar to the Shaw process, except it does not require the mold to be ignited and then be cured in a furnace ... Instead, the mold is partially cured so the pattern can be removed and it is then completely cured by firing it at approximately 1,900 °F (1,040 °C) ... a metal with a low melting point is cast then the firing can be skipped, because the mold has enough strength in the "green state" (un-fired) ...
Mold (cooking Implement)
... A mold or mould is a container used in various techniques of food preparation to shape the finished dish ... The term mold may also refer to a finished dish made in such a container (e.g ... a jello mold) ...
Mold, Flintshire - Notable People
... hails from Pantymwyn (a village two miles from Mold) and attended the Alun School ... and played for and managed Mold Alexandra F.C ... was born in Mold ...
Ceramic Mold Casting - Shaw Process
... of refractory aggregate, hydrolyzed ethyl silicate, alcohol, and a gelling agent to create a mold ... the item used to create the shape of the mold) is used ... Then a torch is used to ignite the mold, which causes most of the volatiles to burn-off and the formation of ceramic microcrazes (microscopic cracks) ...

More definitions of "mold":

  • (verb): Become moldy; spoil due to humidity.
    Synonyms: mildew
  • (noun): The process of becoming mildewed.
    Synonyms: mildew
  • (verb): Fit tightly, follow the contours of.
    Example: "The dress molds her beautiful figure"
  • (noun): Container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens.
    Synonyms: mould, cast
  • (noun): A fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter.
    Synonyms: mould
  • (noun): Loose soil rich in organic matter.
    Synonyms: mould
  • (verb): Form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold.
    Synonyms: cast, mould
  • (verb): Form in clay, wax, etc.
    Synonyms: model, mould
  • (noun): The distinctive form in which a thing is made.
    Synonyms: cast, stamp

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