Definitions for "Penicillium"
Moulds that are developed on the surface of bloomy rind cheeses (Camembert, Brie) and internally in blue veins (see moulds).
It is commonly found in carpet, wallpaper, and interior fiberglass duct insulation. It may cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis and skin allergy problems. Some species can produce poisons (mycotoxins). It is a common cause of extrinsic asthma. Acute symptoms include edema and bronchiospasms; chronic cases may develop pulmonary emphysema. Penicillium is the second most dangerous mold (agter Stachybotrys) because it attacks lung tissues.
genus of fungi commonly growing as green or blue molds on decaying food; used in making cheese and as a source of penicillin