[ puh-raf-uh-sis ]

noun,plural pa·raph·y·ses [puh-raf-uh-seez]. /pəˈræf əˌsiz/. Botany, Mycology.
  1. 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

Other words from paraphysis

  • pa·raph·y·sate [puh-raf-uh-sit], /pəˈræf ə sɪt/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for paraphysis


/ (pəˈræfɪsɪs) /

nounplural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. 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

Origin of paraphysis

C19: New Latin from Greek: subsidiary growth, from para- 1 + phusis growth

Derived forms of paraphysis

  • paraphysate, adjective

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Scientific definitions for paraphysis


[ pə-răfĭ-sĭs ]

Plural paraphyses (pə-răfĭ-sēz′)
  1. One of the erect sterile filaments often occurring among the reproductive organs of certain fungi, algae, and mosses.

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