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[mon-uh-poh-dee-uh m] /ˌmɒn əˈpoʊ di əm/
noun, plural monopodia
[mon-uh-poh-dee-uh] /ˌmɒn əˈpoʊ di ə/ (Show IPA).
a single main axis that continues to extend at the apex in the original line of growth, giving off lateral branches beneath in acropetal succession.
Compare sympodium.
Origin of monopodium
First recorded in 1870-75; mono- + -podium
Related forms
monopodial, adjective
monopodially, adverb Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The slab rested on a single base of skilfully-carved ivory, from which they received the name of monopodia (a single foot).

British Dictionary definitions for monopodia


noun (pl) -dia (-dɪə)
the main axis of growth in the pine tree and similar plants: the main stem, which elongates from the tip and gives rise to lateral branches Compare sympodium
Derived Forms
monopodial, adjective
monopodially, adverb
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek monopous, from mono- + pous foot
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monopodia in Medicine

monopodia mon·o·po·di·a (mŏn'ə-pō'dē-ə)
A congenital malformation chracterized by only one foot being externally recognizable.

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monopodia in Science
Plural monopodia
A main axis of a plant, such as the trunk of a spruce, that maintains a single line of growth, giving off lateral branches.
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