[ hap-tuh-ron ]
/ ˈhæp təˌrɒn /

noun, plural hap·ter·a [hap-tuh-ter-uh] /ˈhæp tə tər ə/. Biology.

a structure by which a fungus, aquatic plant, or algae colony attaches to an object; a holdfast.

Origin of hapteron

1890–95; apparently a pseudo-Gk derivative of Greek háptein to grasp and -tēr agentive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for hapteron

/ (ˈhæptərɒn) /


a cell or group of cells that occurs in certain plants, esp seaweeds, and attaches the plant to its substratum; holdfast

Word Origin for hapteron

C20: from Greek haptein to make fast
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