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[mon-uh-poh-dee-uh m]
noun, plural mon·o·po·di·a [mon-uh-poh-dee-uh] /ˌmɒn əˈpoʊ di ə/. Botany.
  1. 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.
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Compare sympodium.

Origin of monopodium

First recorded in 1870–75; mono- + -podium
Related formsmon·o·po·di·al, adjectivemon·o·po·di·al·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of monopodia

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

    Quintus Claudius, Volume 1 of 2

    Ernst Eckstein

British Dictionary definitions for monopodia


noun plural -dia (-dɪə)
  1. 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
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Derived Formsmonopodial, adjectivemonopodially, adverb

Word Origin for monopodium

C19: New Latin, from Greek monopous, from mono- + pous foot
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monopodia in Medicine


  1. A congenital malformation characterized by only one foot being externally recognizable.
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monopodia in Science


Plural monopodia
  1. 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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