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sterigma

[stuh-rig-muh]
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noun, plural ste·rig·ma·ta [stuh-rig-muh-tuh] /stəˈrɪg mə tə/. Mycology.
  1. a small stalk that bears a sporangium, a conidium, or especially a basidiospore.
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Origin of sterigma

1865–70; < New Latin < Greek stḗrigma a support, equivalent to stērig-, base of stērízein to support + -ma noun suffix
Related formsster·ig·mat·ic [ster-ig-mat-ik, steer-] /ˌstɛr ɪgˈmæt ɪk, ˌstɪər-/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • D, Passage of a nucleus through the sterigma into the basidiospore.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3

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  • At the apex of each basidium a flask-shaped cell, "sterigma" (d), appears.

  • At free end of each sterigma is formed an oval body—a spore or "gonidium" (d), which, when ripe, is thrown off from the sterigma.


British Dictionary definitions for sterigma

sterigma

noun
  1. biology a minute stalk bearing a spore or chain of spores in certain fungi
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Word Origin

C19: New Latin from Greek stērigma support, from stērizein to sustain
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