[ goh-nid-ee-uhm ]
/ goʊˈnɪd i əm /
noun, plural go·nid·i·a [goh-nid-ee-uh]. /goʊˈnɪd i ə/.
(in algae) any one-celled asexual reproductive body, as a tetraspore or zoospore.
an algal cell, or a filament of an alga, growing within the thallus of a lichen.
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Origin of gonidium
1835–45; <New Latin, equivalent to gon-gon- + -idium noun suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM gonidiumgo·nid·i·al, go·nid·ic, adjectivego·nid·i·oid, adjectivein·ter·go·nid·i·al, adjective
Words nearby gonidium
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Example sentences from the Web for gonidium
At free end of each sterigma is formed an oval body—a spore or "gonidium" (d), which, when ripe, is thrown off from the sterigma.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
The motile force is imparted to the gonidium by dense rows of waving cilia with which it is completely surrounded.
British Dictionary definitions for gonidium
/ (ɡəˈnɪdɪəm) /
noun plural -ia (-ɪə)
a green algal cell in the thallus of a lichen
an asexual reproductive cell in some colonial algae
Derived forms of gonidiumgonidial or gonidic, adjective
Word Origin for gonidium
C19: from New Latin, diminutive from gono-
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Scientific definitions for gonidium
[ gō-nĭd′ē-əm ]
An asexual reproductive cell found in certain algae that form colonies. Gonidia undergo repeated mitoses to form new colonies, which then hatch out of the parent colonies.
A chlorophyll-bearing, photosynthetic algal cell housed in the thallus of a lichen.
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