heterothallic

[ het-er-uh-thal-ik ]
/ ˌhɛt ər əˈθæl ɪk /

adjective Mycology.

having mycelia of two unlike types, both of which must participate in the sexual process.Compare homothallic(def 1).

Nearby words

  1. heterotactic,
  2. heterotaxia,
  3. heterotaxic,
  4. heterotaxis,
  5. heterotelic,
  6. heterotonia,
  7. heterotopia,
  8. heterotransplant,
  9. heterotransplantation,
  10. heterotrich

Origin of heterothallic

First recorded in 1900–05; hetero- + thallic

Related formshet·er·o·thal·lism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for heterothallic

heterothallic

/ (ˌhɛtərəʊˈθælɪk) /

adjective

(of some algae and fungi) having male and female reproductive organs on different thalli
(of some fungi) having sexual reproduction that occurs only between two self-sterile mycelia
Compare homothallic

Derived Formsheterothallism, noun

Word Origin for heterothallic

C20: from hetero- + Greek thallos green shoot, young twig

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