A hyphomycosis (infection by a mold of the taxonomic designation "Hyphomycetes") in which the infiltrating microbes are usually of the mold family "Dematiaceae", and are characterized by the coloring of their mycelium; the prefix "phaeo" means "dusky-brown". Various forms of the disease involve different areas of the body, such as the skin or respiratory tract. Intrusion of the mold in the eye, brain, bone, or subcutaneous tissue typically occurs as a result of trauma to the affected area.

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