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paraphysis

[puh-raf-uh-sis]
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noun, plural pa·raph·y·ses [puh-raf-uh-seez] /pəˈræf əˌsiz/. Botany, Mycology.
  1. one of the erect, sterile filaments often growing among the reproductive organs in many fungi, mosses, and ferns.
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Origin of paraphysis

1855–60; < New Latin < Greek paráphysis literally, a growing beside, by-growth, equivalent to para- para-1 + phýsis growth, nature; see physic
Related formspa·raph·y·sate [puh-raf-uh-sit] /pəˈræf ə sɪt/, adjective
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paraphysis

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. any of numerous sterile cells occurring between the sex organs of mosses and algae and between the spore-producing bodies of basidiomycetous and ascomycetous fungi
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Derived Formsparaphysate, adjective

Word Origin

C19: New Latin from Greek: subsidiary growth, from para- 1 + phusis growth
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paraphysis

[pə-răfĭ-sĭs]
Plural paraphyses (pə-răfĭ-sēz′)
  1. One of the erect sterile filaments often occurring among the reproductive organs of certain fungi, algae, and mosses.
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