[ mon-uh-poh-dee-uh m ]
/ ˌmɒn əˈpoʊ di əm /

noun, plural mon·o·po·di·a [mon-uh-poh-dee-uh] /ˌmɒn əˈpoʊ di ə/. Botany.

a single main axis that continues to extend at the apex in the original line of growth, giving off lateral branches beneath in acropetal succession.
Compare sympodium.

Origin of monopodium

First recorded in 1870–75; mono- + -podium


mon·o·po·di·al, adjectivemon·o·po·di·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for monopodia

  • The slab rested on a single base of skilfully-carved ivory, from which they received the name of monopodia (a single foot).

British Dictionary definitions for monopodia

/ (ˌmɒnəˈpəʊdɪəm) /

noun plural -dia (-dɪə)

the main axis of growth in the pine tree and similar plants: the main stem, which elongates from the tip and gives rise to lateral branchesCompare sympodium

Derived forms of monopodium

monopodial, adjectivemonopodially, adverb

Word Origin for monopodium

C19: New Latin, from Greek monopous, from mono- + pous foot
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Medical definitions for monopodia

[ mŏn′ə-pōdē-ə ]


A congenital malformation characterized by only one foot being externally recognizable.
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Scientific definitions for monopodia

[ mŏn′ə-pōdē-əm ]

Plural monopodia

A main axis of a plant, such as the trunk of a spruce, that maintains a single line of growth, giving off lateral branches.
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