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[koh-nid-ee-uh-fawr, -fohr, kuh-]
noun Botany.
  1. (in fungi) a special stalk or branch of the mycelium, bearing conidia.
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Origin of conidiophore

1880–85; conidio- (combining form of conidium) + -phore
Related formsco·nid·i·oph·o·rous [kuh-nid-ee-of-er-uh s] /kəˌnɪd iˈɒf ər əs/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for conidiophore

Historical Examples

  • A, Small portion of mycelium with conidiophore (c), and archicarp (as).

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


British Dictionary definitions for conidiophore


  1. a simple or branched hypha that bears spores (conidia) in such fungi as Penicillium
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Derived Formsconidiophorous (kəʊˌnɪdɪˈɒfərəs, kə-), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from conidium + -phore
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conidiophore in Medicine


  1. A specialized fungal hypha that produces conidia.
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Related formsco•nid′i•ophor•ous (kə-nĭd′ē-ŏfər-əs) adj.
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conidiophore in Science


  1. An asexual reproductive structure that develops at the tip of a fungal hypha and produces conidia.
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