(in fungi) an asexual spore formed by abstriction at the top of a hyphal branch.
- co·nid·i·al, co·nid·i·an, adjective
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How to use conidium in a sentence
In autumn, flies killed by this parasite may often be found adhering to window-panes, surrounded by a halo of ejected conidia.The New Gresham Encyclopedia | Various
It remains solid and filled with protoplasm as far as the portion which forms the end through its conidia.
The detached cells are the conidia of our fungus; only one is formed on each stalk.
After the articulation of the conidia, their bearers sink together by degrees, and are quite destroyed.
The ripe conidia are round like a ball, their surface is scarcely coloured, and almost wholly smooth.
British Dictionary definitions for conidium
an asexual spore formed at the tip of a specialized hypha (conidiophore) in fungi such as Penicillium
- conidial or conidian, adjective
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Scientific definitions for conidium
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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