[skli-roh-shee-uh m]

noun, plural scle·ro·ti·a [skli-roh-shee-uh] /sklɪˈroʊ ʃi ə/. Mycology.

a vegetative, resting food-storage body in certain higher fungi, composed of a compact mass of hardened mycelia.

Nearby words

  1. sclerotic,
  2. sclerotic body,
  3. sclerotic dentin,
  4. sclerotin,
  5. sclerotitis,
  6. sclerotization,
  7. sclerotize,
  8. sclerotized,
  9. sclerotome,
  10. sclerotomic

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sclerotium


noun plural -tia (-ʃɪə)

a compact mass of hyphae, that is formed by certain fungi and gives rise to new fungal growth or spore-producing structures
Derived Formssclerotioid or sclerotial, adjective

Word Origin for sclerotium

C18: from New Latin, from Greek sklēros hard

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