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hypha

[ hahy-fuh ]
/ ˈhaɪ fə /
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noun, plural hy·phae [hahy-fee]. /ˈhaɪ fi/.
(in a fungus) one of the threadlike elements of the mycelium.
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Origin of hypha

1865–70; <New Latin <Greek hyphḗweb

OTHER WORDS FROM hypha

hyphal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hypha

hypha
/ (ˈhaɪfə) /

noun plural -phae (-fiː)
any of the filaments that constitute the body (mycelium) of a fungus

Derived forms of hypha

hyphal, adjective

Word Origin for hypha

C19: from New Latin, from Greek huphē web
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Scientific definitions for hypha

hypha
[ hīfə ]

Plural hyphae ()
One of the long slender tubes that develop from germinated spores and form the structural parts of the body of a fungus. In many species of fungi, hyphae are divided into sections by cross walls called septa. Each section contains at least one haploid nucleus, and the septa usually have perforations that allow cytoplasm to flow through the hypha. A large mass of hyphae is known as a mycelium, which is the growing form of most fungi. From time to time, hyphae develop reproductive structures that are partitioned from the hypha by holeless septa. In many species, these structures are microscopic; in others, they are visible and large. Mushrooms and shelf fungi are visible reproductive structures of fungi.
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