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or clis·to·the·ci·um

[klahy-stuh-thee-shee-uh m, -see-uh m]
noun, plural cleis·to·the·ci·a [klahy-stuh-thee-shee-uh, -see-uh] /ˌklaɪ stəˈθi ʃi ə, -si ə/.
  1. (in certain ascomycetous fungi) a closed, globose ascocarp from which the ascospores are released only by its rupture or decay.
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Origin of cleistothecium

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Historical Examples of cleistothecia

  • The asci are developed in the large dense fruit bodies (cleistothecia) and the spores escape by the decay of the wall.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3


cleistothecia in Science


Plural cleistothecia
  1. A closed spherical ascocarp, such as the truffle.
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