(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
When it has reached the front of the opening in the conidium, which is thus emptied, the mass remains immovable.
This secondary conidium can sometimes engender a third cellule by a similar process.
A short time after the appearance of the vacuoles the entire conidium extends itself so that the papilla disappears.
Then it isolates itself from the germ-tube by a septum, and takes all the essential characteristics of the parent conidium.
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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