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cystidium

[si-stid-ee-uh m] /sɪˈstɪd i əm/
noun, plural cystidia
[si-stid-ee-uh] /sɪˈstɪd i ə/ (Show IPA).
Mycology.
1.
(in certain basidiomycetous fungi) one of the large, inflated, sterile cells growing between the basidia and usually projecting beyond them.
Origin of cystidium
1855-1860
From New Latin, dating back to 1855-60; See origin at cyst-, -idium
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