- (in a fungus) one of the threadlike elements of the mycelium.
Origin of hypha
Examples from the Web for hyphae
Historical Examples of hyphae
The hyphae have broken through in the upper face and are forming a cluster of spores.
They are often devoid of hyphae, or put forth fine protoplasmic filaments into the cells of their hosts.
The segments of the hyphae in this group usually contain several nuclei.
D, The same, beginning to be surrounded by the hyphae forming the perithecium wall.
The hyphae dissolved holes in the membrane by means of enzymes and plunged into the attractive substance on the other side.Disease in Plants
H. Marshall Ward
- any of the filaments that constitute the body (mycelium) of a fungus
Word Origin for hypha
1866, from Modern Latin plural hyphae (1810), from Greek hyphe (singular) "web."
- A long, slender, usually branched filament of fungal mycelium.
- 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.