[ pol-ee-key-zhee-uh m, -zhuh m, -zee-uh m ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈkeɪ ʒi əm, -ʒəm, -zi əm /

noun, plural pol·y·cha·si·a [pol-ee-key-zhee-uh, -zhuh, -zee-uh] /ˌpɒl iˈkeɪ ʒi ə, -ʒə, -zi ə/. Botany.

a form of cymose inflorescence in which each axis produces more than two lateral axes.

Origin of polychasium

From New Latin; see origin at poly-, dichasium

Related forms

pol·y·cha·si·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for polychasium


/ (ˌpɒlɪˈkeɪzɪəm) /

noun plural -sia (-zɪə)

botany a cymose inflorescence in which three or more branches arise from each node

Word Origin for polychasium

C20: from New Latin, from poly- + -chasium as in dichasium
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