appressorium

[ap-re-sawr-ee-uh m, -sohr-]

noun, plural ap·pres·so·ri·a [ap-re-sawr-ee-uh, -sohr-] /ˌæp rɛˈsɔr i ə, -ˈsoʊr-/. Mycology.

a flattened and thickened tip of a hyphal branch, formed by some parasitic fungi, that facilitates penetration of the host plant.

Nearby words

  1. apprehensive,
  2. apprehensively,
  3. apprentice,
  4. apprenticeship,
  5. appressed,
  6. apprise,
  7. apprize,
  8. appro,
  9. approach,
  10. approach light

Origin of appressorium

1895–1900; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin appress(us) (see appressed) + -ōrium (see -tory2)

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British Dictionary definitions for appressoria

appressorium

noun plural -ria (-rɪə)

botany a flattened hypha of a parasitic fungus that penetrates the host tissues

Word Origin for appressorium

from New Latin, from Latin appressus; see appressed

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