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[sim-poh-dee-uh m] /sɪmˈpoʊ di əm/
noun, plural sympodia
[sim-poh-dee-uh] /sɪmˈpoʊ di ə/ (Show IPA).
an axis or stem that simulates a simple stem but is made up of the bases of a number of axes that arise successively as branches, one from another, as in the grapevine.
Also called pseudaxis.
Compare monopodium.
Origin of sympodium
1860-65; < New Latin < Greek sym- sym- + pódion small foot, base; see podium
Related forms
sympodial, adjective
sympodially, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sympodium


noun (pl) -dia (-dɪə)
the main axis of growth in the grapevine and similar plants: a lateral branch that arises from just behind the apex of the main stem, which ceases to grow, and continues growing in the same direction as the main stem Compare monopodium
Derived Forms
sympodial, adjective
sympodially, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from syn- + Greek podion a little foot, from pous foot
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