noun, plural pa·raph·y·ses [puh-raf-uh-seez] /pəˈræf əˌsiz/. Botany, Mycology.
Origin of paraphysis
Related formspa·raph·y·sate [puh-raf-uh-sit] /pəˈræf ə sɪt/, adjective
Examples from the Web for paraphyses
The mucilage forms itself almost at the same time as the paraphyses, and previous to the formation of the asci.
The asci and paraphyses are very minute, but do not differ essentially in structure from those of Parmelia.
Paraphyses (sterile cells) and sometimes cystidia (longer sterile cells) or spines are intermingled with the basidia.Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.|George Francis Atkinson
The asci are always present, the paraphyses are sometimes rare, and the mucilage in many cases seems to be entirely wanting.
In this moss, the paraphyses are inflated at the summit into little knobs, or they are capitate (fig. 37).