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basidia

[buh-sid-ee-uh]
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  1. plural of basidium.
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basidium

[buh-sid-ee-uh m]
noun, plural ba·sid·i·a [buh-sid-ee-uh] /bəˈsɪd i ə/. Mycology.
  1. a special form of sporophore, characteristic of basidiomycetous fungi, on which the sexual spores are borne, usually at the tips of slender projections.
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Origin of basidium

First recorded in 1855–60; bas(is) + -idium
Related formsba·sid·i·al, adjective
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basidium

noun plural -ia (-ɪə)
  1. the structure, produced by basidiomycetous fungi after sexual reproduction, in which spores are formed at the tips of projecting slender stalks
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Derived Formsbasidial, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek basidion; see basis, -ium
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basidia in Medicine

basidium

(bə-sĭdē-əm)
n. pl. ba•sid•i•a (-ē-ə)
  1. A small club-shaped structure that typically bears four spores at the tips of minute projections, is unique to Basidiomycetes, and is used as a distinguishing characteristic.
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basidia in Science

basidium

[bə-sĭdē-əm]
Plural basidia
  1. A small, specialized, club-shaped structure typically bearing four basidiospores at the tips of minute projections in the fungi known as basidiomycetes. The basidium is unique to basidiomycetes and distinguishes them from other kinds of fungi.
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