- one of the erect, sterile filaments often growing among the reproductive organs in many fungi, mosses, and ferns.
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The morphological significance of the paraphysis is uncertain.
The Paraphysis is a projection from the roof of the primitive fore-brain near its anterior end.
Paraphysis, pa-raf′i-sis, n. an erect sterile filament accompanying the sexual organs of some cryptogamous plants:—pl.
Paraphysis: the chitinized thickenings or lateral ingrowths, usually situated at the base of the lobes in certain Diaspid genera.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- 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
Word Origin for paraphysis
- One of the erect sterile filaments often occurring among the reproductive organs of certain fungi, algae, and mosses.