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[skli-roh-shee-uh m]
noun, plural scle·ro·ti·a [skli-roh-shee-uh] /sklɪˈroʊ ʃi ə/. Mycology.
  1. a vegetative, resting food-storage body in certain higher fungi, composed of a compact mass of hardened mycelia.
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Origin of sclerotium

From New Latin, dating back to 1810–20; see origin at sclerotin, -ium
Related formsscle·ro·tial [skli-roh-shuh l] /sklɪˈroʊ ʃəl/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sclerotium

Historical Examples of sclerotium

  • The grain is replaced by a dense fungoid tissue (sclerotium) largely charged with an oily fluid.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia


  • One or two are developed from a kind of Sclerotium, which is in fact a compact perennial mycelium.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses

    Mordecai Cubitt Cooke

  • Dr. Bull has been very successful in developing the Sclerotium of Agaricus cirrhatus.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses

    Mordecai Cubitt Cooke

  • The stems run deep into the earth and are attached to a sclerotium, which will be seen in the halftone.

British Dictionary definitions for sclerotium


noun plural -tia (-ʃɪə)
  1. a compact mass of hyphae, that is formed by certain fungi and gives rise to new fungal growth or spore-producing structures
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Derived Formssclerotioid or sclerotial, adjective

Word Origin for sclerotium

C18: from New Latin, from Greek sklēros hard
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