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paraphysis

[ puh-raf-uh-sis ]
/ pəˈræf ə sɪs /
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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.
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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

paraphysis
/ (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 of paraphysis

paraphysate, adjective

Word Origin for paraphysis

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

paraphysis
[ 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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