[ koh-nid-ee-uh m, kuh- ]
/ koʊˈnɪd i əm, kə- /
noun, plural co·nid·i·a [koh-nid-ee-uh, kuh-] /koʊˈnɪd i ə, kə-/. Botany.
(in fungi) an asexual spore formed by abstriction at the top of a hyphal branch.
Related formsco·nid·i·al, co·nid·i·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for 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
/ (kəʊˈnɪdɪəm) /
noun plural -nidia (-ˈnɪdɪə)
an asexual spore formed at the tip of a specialized hypha (conidiophore) in fungi such as Penicillium
Derived Formsconidial or conidian, adjective
Word Origin for conidium
C19: from New Latin, from Greek konis dust + ium
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Medicine definitions for conidium
[ kə-nĭd′ē-əm ]
n. pl. co•nid•i•a (-ē-ə)
An asexually produced fungal spore, formed on a conidiophore.
Related formsco•nid′i•al adj.
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Science definitions for conidium
[ kə-nĭd′ē-əm ]
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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