[koh-nid-ee-uh m, kuh-]

noun, plural co·nid·i·a [koh-nid-ee-uh, kuh-] /koʊˈnɪd i ə, kə-/. Botany.

(in fungi) an asexual spore formed by abstriction at the top of a hyphal branch.

Nearby words

  1. conical pendulum,
  2. conicity,
  3. conicoid,
  4. conics,
  5. conidiophore,
  6. conifer,
  7. coniferin,
  8. coniferous,
  9. coniine,
  10. conin

Origin of conidium

1865–70; < Greek kón(is) dust (akin to incinerate) + -idium

Related formsco·nid·i·al, co·nid·i·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conidia


noun plural -nidia (-ˈnɪdɪə)

an asexual spore formed at the tip of a specialized hypha (conidiophore) in fungi such as Penicillium
Derived Formsconidial or conidian, adjective

Word Origin for conidium

C19: from New Latin, from Greek konis dust + ium

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Medicine definitions for conidia



n. pl. co•nid•i•a (-ē-ə)

An asexually produced fungal spore, formed on a conidiophore.
Related formsco•nidi•al adj.

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Science definitions for conidia



Plural conidia

An asexually produced fungal spore, formed on a conidiophore. Most conidia are dispersed by the wind and can endure extremes of cold, heat, and dryness. When conditions are favorable, they germinate and grow into hyphae.
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