[ en-duh-fahyt ]
/ ˈɛn dəˌfaɪt /

noun Botany.

a plant living within another plant, usually as a parasite.

Origin of endophyte

First recorded in 1825–35; endo- + -phyte

Related forms

en·do·phyt·ic [en-duh-fit-ik] /ˌɛn dəˈfɪt ɪk/, adjectiveen·do·phyt·i·cal·ly, adverben·doph·y·tous [en-dof-i-tuh s] /ɛnˈdɒf ɪ təs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for endophyte


/ (ˈɛndəʊˌfaɪt) /


a fungus, or occasionally an alga or other organism, that lives within a plant

Derived Forms

endophytic (ˌɛndəʊˈfɪtɪk), adjectiveendophytically, adverb
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Medicine definitions for endophyte


[ ĕndə-fīt′ ]


A plant parasite living inside another organism.

Related forms

en′do•phytic (-dō-fĭtĭk) adj.
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