[ 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.
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Origin of hapteron
First recorded in 1890–95; from New Latin haptera (plural), after Danish hapterer (plural), apparently a pseudo-Greek derivative of Greek háptein “to grasp” and -tēr agent suffix
Words nearby hapteron
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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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