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rhizoid

[ rahy-zoid ]
/ ˈraɪ zɔɪd /
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adjective
noun
(in mosses, ferns, etc.) one of the rootlike filaments by which the plant is attached to the substratum.

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Origin of rhizoid

1855–60; rhiz- + -oid

OTHER WORDS FROM rhizoid

rhi·zoi·dal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rhizoid

rhizoid
/ (ˈraɪzɔɪd) /

noun
any of various slender hairlike structures that function as roots in the gametophyte generation of mosses, ferns, and related plants

Derived forms of rhizoid

rhizoidal, adjective
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Medical definitions for rhizoid

rhizoid
[ rīzoid′ ]

adj.
Rootlike.
Having irregular branching. Used of a form of bacterial growth.
n.
A slender rootlike filament by which mosses, liverworts, and fern gametophytes attach to the substratum and absorb nourishment.
A rootlike extension of the thallus of a fungus.
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Scientific definitions for rhizoid

rhizoid
[ rīzoid′ ]

A slender, rootlike filament by which mosses, liverworts, and the gametophytes of ferns attach themselves to the material in which they grow.
A branching, rootlike extension by which algae and fungi absorb water and nutrients.
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