[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. paraphrase,
  2. paraphrasis,
  3. paraphrast,
  4. paraphrastic,
  5. paraphyletic,
  6. paraplanner,
  7. paraplegia,
  8. paraplegic,
  9. parapodium,
  10. parapraxia

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 formspa·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 Formsparaphysate, 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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