[ mon-uh-key-zhee-uh m, -zhuh m, -zee-uh m ]
/ ˌmɒn əˈkeɪ ʒi əm, -ʒəm, -zi əm /

noun, plural mon·o·cha·si·a [mon-uh-key-zhee-uh, -zhuh, -zee-uh] /ˌmɒn əˈkeɪ ʒi ə, -ʒə, -zi ə/. Botany.

a form of cymose inflorescence in which the main axis produces only a single branch.

Nearby words

  1. monocarpellary,
  2. monocarpic,
  3. monocarpous,
  4. monocephalic,
  5. monoceros,
  6. monochlamydeous,
  7. monochloride,
  8. monochloroacetic acid,
  9. monochord,
  10. monochorea

Origin of monochasium

From New Latin, dating back to 1885–90; see origin at mono-, dichasium

Related formsmon·o·cha·si·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for monochasium


/ (ˌmɒnəʊˈkeɪzɪəm) /

noun plural -sia (-zɪə)

botany a cymose inflorescence in which each branch gives rise to one other branch only, as in the forget-me-not and buttercupCompare dichasium
Derived Formsmonochasial, adjective

Word Origin for monochasium

C19: mono- + -chasium as in dichasium

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