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basidium

[ buh-sid-ee-uhm ]

noun

, Mycology.
, plural ba·sid·i·a [b, uh, -, sid, -ee-, uh].
  1. a special form of sporophore, characteristic of basidiomycetous fungi, on which the sexual spores are borne, usually at the tips of slender projections.


basidium

/ bæˈsɪdɪəm /

noun

  1. the structure, produced by basidiomycetous fungi after sexual reproduction, in which spores are formed at the tips of projecting slender stalks


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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Derived Forms

  • baˈsidial, adjective

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Other Words From

  • ba·sidi·al adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of basidium1

First recorded in 1855–60; bas(is) + -idium

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Word History and Origins

Origin of basidium1

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

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Example Sentences

At the apex of each basidium a flask-shaped cell, "sterigma" (d), appears.

Conidia (basidiospores) borne in fours on a special conidiophore, the basidium.

Life-history always very simple, no well-marked alternation of generations; basidium borne directly on the mycelium.

Between the nuclear association and the nuclear fusion in the basidium many thousands of cell generations may be intercalated.

During the tetrad division in the basidium nuclear reduction occurs.

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