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[koh-nid-ee-uh m, kuh-]
noun, plural co·nid·i·a [koh-nid-ee-uh, kuh-] /koʊˈnɪd i ə, kə-/. Botany.
  1. (in fungi) an asexual spore formed by abstriction at the top of a hyphal branch.
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Origin of conidium

1865–70; < Greek kón(is) dust (akin to incinerate) + -idium
Related formsco·nid·i·al, co·nid·i·an, adjective
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Historical Examples of conidium

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for conidium


noun plural -nidia (-ˈnɪdɪə)
  1. an asexual spore formed at the tip of a specialized hypha (conidiophore) in fungi such as Penicillium
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Derived Formsconidial or conidian, adjective

Word Origin for conidium

C19: from New Latin, from Greek konis dust + ium
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conidium in Medicine


n. pl. co•nid•i•a (-ē-ə)
  1. An asexually produced fungal spore, formed on a conidiophore.
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Related formsco•nidi•al adj.
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conidium in Science


Plural conidia
  1. 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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