[ hahy-mee-nee-uhm ]

noun,plural hy·me·ni·a [hahy-mee-nee-uh]. /haɪˈmi ni ə/. Mycology.
  1. the sporogenous layer in a fungus, composed of asci or basidia often interspersed with various sterile structures, as paraphyses.

Origin of hymenium

From New Latin, dating back to 1820–30; see origin at hymen, -ium

Other words from hymenium

  • hy·me·ni·al, adjective
  • sub·hy·me·ni·al, adjective
  • sub·hy·me·ni·um, noun, plural sub·hy·me·ni·a.

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British Dictionary definitions for hymenium


/ (haɪˈmiːnɪəm) /

nounplural -nia (-nɪə) or -niums
  1. (in basidiomycetous and ascomycetous fungi) a layer of cells some of which produce the spores

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Scientific definitions for hymenium


[ hī-mēnē-əm ]

Plural hymenia
  1. The spore-bearing layer of the fruiting body of certain fungi, containing asci or basidia.

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