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sclerotium

[skli-roh-shee-uh m] /sklɪˈroʊ ʃi əm/
noun, plural sclerotia
[skli-roh-shee-uh] /sklɪˈroʊ ʃi ə/ (Show IPA).
Mycology.
1.
a vegetative, resting food-storage body in certain higher fungi, composed of a compact mass of hardened mycelia.
Origin of sclerotium
1810-1820
From New Latin, dating back to 1810-20; See origin at sclerotin, -ium
Related forms
sclerotial
[skli-roh-shuh l] /sklɪˈroʊ ʃəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sclerotial

sclerotium

/sklɪəˈrəʊʃɪəm/
noun (pl) -tia (-ʃɪə)
1.
a compact mass of hyphae, that is formed by certain fungi and gives rise to new fungal growth or spore-producing structures
Derived Forms
sclerotioid, sclerotial, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Greek sklēros hard
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