pycnidium

[ pik-nid-ee-uh m ]
/ pɪkˈnɪd i əm /

noun, plural pyc·nid·i·a [pik-nid-ee-uh] /pɪkˈnɪd i ə/. Mycology.

(in certain ascomycetes and fungi imperfecti) a globose or flask-shaped fruiting body bearing conidia on conidiophores.

Nearby words

  1. pyanepsia,
  2. pyarthrosis,
  3. pyat,
  4. pyatigorsk,
  5. pycn-,
  6. pycniospore,
  7. pycnium,
  8. pycno-,
  9. pycnometer,
  10. pycnostyle

Origin of pycnidium

1855–60; < New Latin < Greek pykn(ós) close, thick, dense + -idion diminutive suffix

Related formspyc·nid·i·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pycnidium

pycnidium

/ (pɪkˈnɪdɪəm) /

noun plural -ia (-ɪə)

a small flask-shaped structure containing spores that occurs in ascomycetes and certain other fungi

Word Origin for pycnidium

C19: from New Latin, from Greek puknos thick

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