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[hahy-mee-nee-uh m] /haɪˈmi ni əm/
noun, plural hymenia
[hahy-mee-nee-uh] /haɪˈmi ni ə/ (Show IPA).
the sporogenous layer in a fungus, composed of asci or basidia often interspersed with various sterile structures, as paraphyses.
Origin of hymenium
From New Latin, dating back to 1820-30; See origin at hymen, -ium
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hymenial, adjective
subhymenial, adjective
subhymenium, noun, plural subhymenia. Unabridged
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noun (pl) -nia (-nɪə), -niums
(in basidiomycetous and ascomycetous fungi) a layer of cells some of which produce the spores
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hymenium in Science
Plural hymenia
The spore-bearing layer of the fruiting body of certain fungi, containing asci or basidia.
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