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mycelium

[mahy-see-lee-uh m]
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noun, plural my·ce·li·a [mahy-see-lee-uh] /maɪˈsi li ə/. Mycology.
  1. the mass of hyphae that form the vegetative part of a fungus.

Origin of mycelium

1830–40; < New Latin, equivalent to Greek myk- myc- + (h)ḗl(os) wart, nail + New Latin -ium -ium
Related formsmy·ce·li·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mycelium

Historical Examples

  • The mycelium exposed here is very similar to the mycelium of all mushrooms.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • It is gregarious, often many stems growing from one mass of mycelium.

  • The ills to which the mycelium is subject are not at all fully understood.

  • There is reason to think that, in some cases at any rate, the mycelium is that of the Truffle.

    The Beauties of Nature

    Sir John Lubbock

  • They are attached to the filaments of the mycelium, as in Uredo segetum.


British Dictionary definitions for mycelium

mycelium

noun plural -lia (-lɪə)
  1. the vegetative body of fungi: a mass of branching filaments (hyphae) that spread throughout the nutrient substratum
Derived Formsmycelial, adjectivemyceloid (ˈmaɪsɪˌlɔɪd), adjective

Word Origin

C19 (literally: nail of fungus): from myco- + Greek hēlos nail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

mycelium in Medicine

mycelium

([object Object])
n. pl. my•ce•li•a (-lē-ə)
  1. The vegetative part of a fungus, which consists of a mass of branching, threadlike hyphae.
Related formsmy•celi•al null adj.
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mycelium in Science

mycelium

[mī-sēlē-əm]
Plural mycelia
  1. The mass of fine branching tubes (known as hyphae) that forms the main growing structure of a fungus. Visible structures like mushrooms are reproductive structures produced by the mycelium.
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