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[koh-nid-ee-uh m, kuh-] /koʊˈnɪd i əm, kə-/
noun, plural conidia
[koh-nid-ee-uh, kuh-] /koʊˈnɪd i ə, kə-/ (Show IPA).
(in fungi) an asexual spore formed by abstriction at the top of a hyphal branch.
Origin of conidium
1865-70; < Greek kón(is) dust (akin to incinerate) + -idium
Related forms
conidial, conidian, adjective Unabridged
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  • When it has reached the front of the opening in the conidium, which is thus emptied, the mass remains immovable.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for conidium


noun (pl) -nidia (-ˈnɪdɪə)
an asexual spore formed at the tip of a specialized hypha (conidiophore) in fungi such as Penicillium
Derived Forms
conidial, conidian, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek konis dust + ium
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conidium in Medicine

conidium co·nid·i·um (kə-nĭd'ē-əm)
n. pl. co·nid·i·a (-ē-ə)
An asexually produced fungal spore, formed on a conidiophore.

co·nid'i·al adj.
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conidium in Science
Plural conidia
An asexually produced fungal spore, formed on a conidiophore. Most conidia are dispersed by the wind and can endure extremes of cold, heat, and dryness. When conditions are favorable, they germinate and grow into hyphae.
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