[ puh-raf-uh-sis ]
/ pəˈræf ə sɪs /

noun, plural pa·raph·y·ses [puh-raf-uh-seez] /pəˈræf əˌsiz/. Botany, Mycology.

one of the erect, sterile filaments often growing among the reproductive organs in many fungi, mosses, and ferns.

Origin of paraphysis

1855–60; < New Latin < Greek paráphysis literally, a growing beside, by-growth, equivalent to para- para-1 + phýsis growth, nature; see physic

Related forms

pa·raph·y·sate [puh-raf-uh-sit] /pəˈræf ə sɪt/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for paraphyses


/ (pəˈræfɪsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)

any of numerous sterile cells occurring between the sex organs of mosses and algae and between the spore-producing bodies of basidiomycetous and ascomycetous fungi

Derived Forms

paraphysate, adjective

Word Origin for paraphysis

C19: New Latin from Greek: subsidiary growth, from para- 1 + phusis growth
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Science definitions for paraphyses


[ pə-răfĭ-sĭs ]

Plural paraphyses (pə-răfĭ-sēz′)

One of the erect sterile filaments often occurring among the reproductive organs of certain fungi, algae, and mosses.
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