[koh-nid-ee-uh m, kuh-]
- (in fungi) an asexual spore formed by abstriction at the top of a hyphal branch.
Origin of conidium
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When it has reached the front of the opening in the conidium, which is thus emptied, the mass remains immovable.Fungi: Their Nature and Uses
Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
- an asexual spore formed at the tip of a specialized hypha (conidiophore) in fungi such as Penicillium
C19: from New Latin, from Greek konis dust + ium
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- An asexually produced fungal spore, formed on a conidiophore.
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- 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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