[ ap-uh-thee-shee-uh m, -see- ]
/ ˌæp əˈθi ʃi əm, -si- /

noun, plural ap·o·the·ci·a [ap-uh-thee-shee-uh, -see-uh] /ˌæp əˈθi ʃi ə, -si ə/. Botany, Mycology.

the fruit of certain lichens and fungi: usually an open, saucer-shaped or cup-shaped body, the inner surface of which is covered with a layer that bears asci.

Nearby words

  1. apothecaries weight,
  2. apothecaries' measure,
  3. apothecaries' weight,
  4. apothecary,
  5. apothecary jar,
  6. apothegm,
  7. apothem,
  8. apotheosis,
  9. apotheosize,
  10. apothesis

Origin of apothecium

1820–30; < New Latin < Greek apo- apo- + thēkíon, equivalent to thḗk(ē) case (see theca) + -ion diminutive suffix

Related formsap·o·the·cial [ap-uh-thee-shuh l] /ˌæp əˈθi ʃəl/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for apothecia


/ (ˌæpəˈθiːsɪəm) /

noun plural -cia (-sɪə)

botany a cup-shaped structure that contains the asci, esp in lichens; a type of ascocarp
Derived Formsapothecial (ˌæpəˈθiːsɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for apothecium

C19: from New Latin, from apo- + Greek thēkion a little case

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Science definitions for apothecia


[ ăp′ə-thēsē-əm, -shē- ]

Plural apothecia (ăp′ə-thēsē-ə, -shē-)

A disk-shaped or cup-shaped ascocarp of some lichens and the fungi Ascomycetes.
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